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Popcru threatens legal action over Saps restructuring process

The union says the changes being made are in contravention of collective agreements which were signed.

FILE. This week, former Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba was transferred to head office to lead the newly established Management Intervention Unit. Picture :Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

PRETORIA - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says it will take police management to court to stop the current restructuring process and the implementation of the so-called ' Back to Basics' programme.

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane announced the shake-up in Parliament last year and has the support of the Police Ministry.

This week, former Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba was transferred to head office to lead the newly established Management Intervention Unit.

Popcru's Richard Mamabolo says the changes being made to the police's organisational structure is in contravention of collective agreements signed with the union.

He says Popcru has not been consulted.

"People were supposed to know at least the purpose of the campaign and how long it will be running for so that they are expected results out of that campaign. Nothing has yet been discussed."

Mamabolo says the union will be in the Labour Court this morning to launch an urgent application to reverse any changes already made.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and Phahlane are scheduled to brief the media on the restructuring process on Sunday.