COPS’ MONEY ISSUE MAY HAVE SOME TRUTHS!
SO, police are on record saying they do not want the cost of living adjustment being negotiated for by union leaders.
That’s quite laughable. The police, through Senior Deputy National Commissioner Lydia Dlamini,has come out to condemn a statement attributed to police officers who claimed they were hoping for successful negotiations of the cost of living adjustments, so they could benefit as well.
That seemed to have irked the Isaac Magagula led police leadership which responded by damning such allegations.
Dlamini in the statement even labelled the police officers who issued such a statement as misfits in the police service. One thing I picked from the senior deputy national commissioner’s statement, to be fair to her, is that she did not out-rightly deny that they want the money.
Instead, she concentrated on bashing those officers who dared to cross the line by airing their views about bread and butter issues. You don’t talk bread and butter issues when you are a police officer. Finish and Klaar!
I would have been happier if in her damning statement Dlamini had said as police officers they do not need the cost of living.
She should have been more forthright and told the world that as police officers they do not need the 9.15% being negotiated between the public sector unions and the Government Negotiation Team (GNT).
Instead, she chose her words carefully while distancing her organisation from claims of police officers demanding money.
It’s a fact Madam, we all need money. You can be diplomatic and play politics all you want but the bottom line is; you are in that position because you need money. Everybody does anyway, including the national commissioner himself.
But for the record Madam, those police officers who were interviewed in that story are as real, honest and sincere as they come. They are probably more realistic than you probably thought of them.
I know you still subscribe to the old school of thought that policing is a calling. I agree, back then, during your time it was a calling…but not anymore.
That’s free advice from me and I don’t need to justify this. Police officers come from lots of different backgrounds and may not be as innocent as you thought. These officers are more streetwise than the bosses think.
Just to allay any fears, if any at all…the police are very loyal to the system but as it is always loyalty goes with reward.
If you don’t believe what I’m telling you, just go around and conduct a small survey, you will be amazed. It’s not your problem Madam, nor is it the national commissioner’s but it’s far wider than that.
The problem speaks to a lot of impacts in society, the state of the economy and to a large extent the recruitment process.
None of those factors are the making of the police. For instance, the recruitment system, we know often the police hierarchy have nothing to do with a number of people who find themselves at Police College.
We know that the present system has allowed undeserving people to be in the police service…undesirable elements for that matter.
National Commissioner Isaac Magagula has often been at pains trying to explain how the police service had been infiltrated by unwanted elements. He called them rotten apples within the force. He was very right.
So, instead of getting hot under the collar about officers wanting the cost of living police adjustment police chiefs should be finding solutions about how to deal with such a problem which is likely to blow up in their email@example.com face.
My advice would be not to ignore the sentiments of the police officers under the pretense that they are being disloyal.
It’s better they know how the officers feel than leading a service thinking they are being followed yet they are alone.
They say if you're leading and no one is following you, then you're only taking a walk.
The police bigwigs must know that a hungry man is an angry man. And angry man is a dangerous man. Just saying.
Perhaps this would explain the number of spine-chilling criminal activities involving police officers in the country.