Popcru members gather before their march to the Union Buildings. Picture: James Mahlokwane
Scores of marchers led by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Propcru) travelled from all nine provinces to march to the Union Buildings to raise grievances experienced by the police, traffic police and prison wardens.

The march shutdown numerous streets in the capital city as the crowd was escorted by policing authorities. 

The sea of red shirts could be heard singing from afar as they cut across the city centre from Marabastad. 

They arranged to deliver four memorandums to the minister of police Bheki Cele, minister of justice and correctional services advocate Thabang Masutla, the minister of transport Blade Nzimande and the minister of health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi.

Tshwane Chairperson, Thomas Hlongwane, said top of the agenda was requesting government to nationalise all traffic departments and fill numerous vacancies in the departments of the police, correctional services and traffic departments.

Propcru members sing in preparation for their march to the Union Buildings. Video James Mahlokwane


Hlongwane said it does not make sense for every metro in every province to have its own independent traffic department. 

He said that created salary and benefits inequalities among traffic officers who did the same work.

“We will also be calling for a once-off promotion for all members with at least 10 years of experience in the police, traffic police and correctional services.

"These promotions should come with a salary increase. 

"It does not make sense to have police officers and prison warders doing the same work under one rank for more than 10 years. 

"That is not good for morale and their development,” he said.