Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Popcru denies claims of racism

By Nadia Samie
29 May 2007

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has come out fighting after being accused of driving a racist agenda. A fellow union, Solidarity, and its affiliate, AfriForum have referred the matter to the human rights commission.

Popcru stands accused of attempting to drive white, coloured and Indian people out of the South African Police Service (SAPS). Popcru’s Pat Ntsobi has challenged Solidarity and AfriForum to prove the allegations or face legal action.

“We see their action as a ploy to create fear amongst these members because Solidarity is interested in organising in this sector,” Ntsobi says in statement.

The spat between the unions is on-going since December 2006, when Afriforum released a report titled: "New racism in the South African Police Service (SAPS)". In the report, AfriForum, under the banner of Solidarity, claimed that Popcru had orchestrated a campaign to oust white, coloured and Indian members in the police service.

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