Police union fumes at overtime pay plan

Penwell Dlamini

Penwell Dlamini

Police might shun the upcoming Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup if the government does not change its proposed overtime payment system for the SAPS.

The South African Police Union (Sapu) has rejected the government's proposed payment system and "will stop at nothing in defence of the current one".

"This is an insult to our members. We never complained about the current system, and now they are introducing something which will victimise our members," Sapu acting general secretary, Oscar Skommere, said yesterday.

The proposed system will see certain ranks of the police being paid a fixed amount for overtime, while others will receive varying payments. Skommere said the proposed system was to be effective by the start of the Confederations Cup in June.

He said SAPS management had cited budget constraints for the sudden change.

Other national events that will be affected will be the International Cricket Council's 2009 Champions Trophy and the 2009 DLF Indian Premier League, which have recently been awarded to South Africa.

The proposed payment system will see all officers involved in special duties being paid a daily overtime allowance of R560 regardless of the number of hours they had worked.

However, constables will not be affected by the new overtime system. Skommere said Sapu would meet SAPS senior management in two weeks' time if it was still "unchanged from its position".

But SAPS national spokesperson Director Selby Bokaba said he knew nothing about the new proposal.