Police Minister Bheki Cele has brushed off threats of a looming strike by thousands of SAPS members who feel aggrieved at the recent promotions dispute as non-existent.
The Star reported on Monday that thousands of police officers were mulling the idea of industrial action on March 18 due to grievances over an agreement, which was signed in December, that allegedly promoted specialised departments - including the unit commonly known as Amaberete - at the expense of mainly station members.
Speaking at the SAPS's Gauteng headquarters on Thursday, Cele said that although he and the SAPS leadership had read in the mainstream and social media that police industrial action as well as a go-slow were being mooted, he was not worried about an impending strike as the grievances were made by "faceless" people not known to police.
"People that call people to strike... they know they are breaking the law. Our members must not fall for it.
"We don't have information (on looming strike action) - we won't have a shadow boxing. We are not going to prepare for something we don't know," Cele said.