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On Friday, the South African Police Service (SAPS) was granted an interdict preventing striking 10111 employees from intimidating their colleagues who are not participating in the labour action.

The SAPS approached the Labour Court on Friday over a South African Policing Union (Sapu) picket protest outside a northern Johannesburg 10111 call centre.

"Since Friday last week‚ Sapu-affiliated 10111 employees who are striking at the Midrand call centre have been sporadically intimidating and threatening non-striking employees," police spokesperson Major General Sally de Beer said on Friday morning. "[On Thursday], these unlawful acts escalated into them hurling objects at and damaging state vehicles."

Speaking to TimesLive in the afternoon‚ De Beer said the court ordered Sapu and Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union members who are striking not to intimidate non-striking workers. "They may continue with the picketing‚ but they must conduct themselves in a lawful manner‚" De Beer said.

The 10111 call centre handles thousands of emergency calls a day and acts as a nerve centre to co-ordinate the responses of various police units. Sapu is demanding salary increases recommended by a task team set up by suspended police commissioner Riah Phiyega in 2013.

Nearly 5‚000 operators represented by Sapu embarked on a strike last month‚ forcing the SAPS to deploy officers to 10111 call centres. The strike action was temporarily suspended but has since been reinstated after negotiations deadlocked.

The SAPS said contingency plans are still in place at all 10111 call centres‚ "which continue to run efficiently with the strike having a minimal effect on service delivery".

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