Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is a trade union in South Africa representing police officers, traffic officers and correctional officers, it has around 120,000 members. POPCRU was formed in 1989.

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Full namePolice and Prisons Civil Rights Union
FoundedNovember 1989
AffiliationCOSATU, WFTU
Key peopleZizamele Cebekhulu, president
Nathi Theledi, secretary general
Office locationJohannesburg, South Africa
CountrySouth Africa
Websitewww.popcru.org.za IT Manager Abel Mahlangu


On 5 September 1989, a group of black officers in the South African Police defied orders and refused to attack anti-apartheid protesters. Some of them worked with a group of prison warders to found POPCRU, in November. The new unions was unable to secure recognition, with many of its leaders being dismissed, and some being imprisoned. In 1993, it finally achieved recognition.[1]

POPCRU is an affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).


General SecretariesEdit

Jacob Tsumane
2000s: Abbey Witbooi
2007: Nathi Theledi


1989: Gregory Rockman
1990s: Johnny Jansen
1996: Zizamele Cebekhulu


  1. ^ Das, Dilip K. (2011). Effective Crime Reduction Strategies: International Perspectives. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781420078404.