SEIFSA met with the National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Riah Phiyega, last week to discuss the ongoing violence. The Commissioner is very concerned about the situation and as of Friday last week 103 arrests had been made and 40 cases opened by individual employers. With the strike still contuing, more arrests are expected to be made and the SAPS is determined to ensure the prosecution of these perpetrators of violence. The business community needs to participate in assisting the police to do this, and we encourage you to keep clear recording of all acts of violence and intimidation so that on conclusion of the strike you have the option to implement disciplinary or criminal proceedings against the perpetrators.
The SAPS will be addressing the SEIFSA Council on the 4 August 2014 with a view to cementing a general partnership with business.
For your information, statistics as at 16 July 2014 based on your responses are attached as Annexure 1 and Annexure 2.
In closing, please do endeavour to ensure the safety of your employees and yourself at all times during this difficult period and avoid doing anything that may be perceived as provoking the workers on strike.
Please accept my thanks, in advance, for your support and cooperation.
Marketing & Communications Executive