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THE South African Police Union would like to express its appreciation for President Jacob Zuma's pledge that the government will consider paying police officers more as a matter of extreme urgency.
Our union (Sapu) feels vindicated by what the president said - that for us to perform our duties to the best of our ability we must be reasonably compensated.
The police are the lowest paid civil servants. Though the men and women in blue joined the SAPS as a calling they should be adequately compensated.
The mere fact that the president has acknowledged that we are not paid satisfactorily will boost the low morale in the police.
Though SAPU does not condone acts of corruption and criminality in the SAPS, the reality is that some police officials will be tempted because of financial pressure.
We are optimistic that the president will keep his word and when we negotiate salaries in the public sector sectoral bargaining chamber the government negotiators will be given a mandate to offer a reasonable increment.
What police officers are earning is an insult. Salary negotiations must be inflation related .
While we join the SAPS as a career, not to make money, we must be compensated for our efforts.
acting general secretary