n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - An analysis of the implementation of the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) Resolution 7 of 2002 in the South African Police Service (SAPS)

Volume 20, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



On coming to power in 1994, the Republic of South African's government of National Unity inherited a society marked by deep social and economic inequalities as well as racial, political and social divisions. Guided by the policy of national reconciliation, the new government adopted the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) to re-orientate and re-unite society towards a socially coherent and economically equitable society. The South African public service, including the South African Police Service (SAPS) as the executive arm of the state, in achieving reconciliation, reconstruction and development, was given a major role to play. To fulfil its mandate effectively, the service had to be transformed into a coherent, representative, competent and democratic instrument for implementing government policies and meeting the needs of all South Africans. In order to achieve these objectives, the government and the unions signed a framework agreement in 2001, which paved the way for the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) Resolution 7 of 2002. After this agreement was implemented, many disputes were registered by affected members of the South African Police Service at the PSCBC via the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council (SSSBC). The findings of this research indicate that there was non-compliance, as well as poor enforcement and monitoring by the SAPS. Service delivery was thus hampered as a consequence of wrong implementation of the agreement or non-compliance with the agreement. This paper seeks to unravel the agreement and put forward recommendations in this regard.

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