"As an alliance we have the right to recall people who do not deliver, so Popcru is not wrong in recalling police Commissioner Perumal Naidoo."
These were the words of Cosatu's Gauteng chairman, Phutas Tseki, at a march organised by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) yesterday.
Naidoo and his provincial team were accused of "underperformance" in their duties. Tseki also called for community safety MEC Firoz Cachalia to resign.
The marchers, who donned red Popcru T-shirts, handed over a memorandum at Cachalia's offices. The marchers comprised traffic officers, prison warders and SAPS members.
"Cachalia has been deployed by the ANC," Tseki said.
"We ask him, who's interests is he serving? All workers are equal."
Popcru general secretary Matsemela Matsemela said his organisation had been negotiating with Cachalia's office to address their problems.
"We made a resolution at our conference last year to take action against the MEC and the commissioner," Matsemela said. "This has been long in coming."
According to Popcru there is a lack of decisive leadership to deal with problems within the SAPS.
The union also demanded salary adjustments, the immediate implementation of health programmes, an HIV-Aids programme in all institutions and the implementation of the Employment Equity plan.
The department was told to respond to these demands within two weeks.
SAPS spokesman Director Govindsamy Marimuthoo said earlier that it was business as usual and that Naidoo was not going anywhere.