400 police officers of the Western Cape and 120 of KwaZulu-Natal came out to protest today.
The Police Minister Bheki Cele deemed the protest illegal, and urged the demonstrators to report to their posts immediately.
Early on Monday morning, a message was distributed in the Western Cape, asking officers to come to the Grand Parade at mid-morning.
“We are aware of the 400 plus people protesting, but we are also aware of the fact that some have made use of letters from doctors to not be at work today,” Cele said.
He has already asked Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to warn doctors not to sign sick notes without reason:
“We are warning the doctors to not fall for these scams, and we call on the minister to deal with those who may be found to be on the other side of the law,” Cele said.