NATIONAL NEWS - Members of the Tshwane metro police spent Workers' Day protesting against a new shift system, the Pretoria News reported on Thursday.
The system was reviewed every five years and a new one would be implemented from May 1, Tshwane metro police chief Steven Ngobeni was quoted as saying.
"We have to address the needs of the community when we consider time slots for shifts," Ngobeni told the publication.
The previous shift scheme allowed for two shifts of 12 hours every day, with shift changes at 6.15 in the morning and the evening.
"This means we have minimal officers on duty in peak hours between 5am and 7am and [between] 5pm and 7pm, when our services are needed most," he said.
Metro police suggested the introduction of three eight-hour shifts: 5am to 1pm, 1pm to 9pm, and a night shift from 9pm to 5am.
The protesters, some in uniform, gathered at the Tshwane metro police department's head office, at the corner of Es'kia Mphahlele (formerly DF Malan) and WF Nkomo (formerly Church) streets in central Pretoria.