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Strike might affect 10111 services

Popcru says 40,000 members will participate in a nationwide strike.

Popcru said the strike is legal as the members are not hired under the police act.

JOHANNESBURG - While police have assured members of the public that it has contingency plans in place, concerns were raised about the impact on police services as a nationwide strike gets underway on Wednesday.

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) threatened to bring 40,000 members onto the streets to demand that agreements affecting salaries be honoured.

This would mean vital police emergency services could be left compromised and the public might get no response from the 10111 emergency centres.

The union said the strike was legal as members who would participate are not hired under the Police Act.

Popcru's Nkosinathi Taledi said, "It will definitely have a big impact because they are talking about almost a quarter of the South African Police Service."

Meanwhile, spokesperson of the Police Ministry Zweli Mnisi said the department was worried about the possible impact of the strike.

"We are confident an amicable solution will be reached between all the parties involved."

But Theledi said it would take a miracle to stop the protest.

"Regardless of the outcome of the discussions, the march will proceed."

The department also assured the public that policing would not be disrupted if the strike does go ahead.