The promotions of former MK and APLA members, the so-called non-statutory forces (NSF), in the SA Police Service (SAPS) have been blocked by the High Court. \r\nIt follows an application by Solidarity in which the court granted an interdict in favour of temporarily putting a stop to the promotions of these former MK and APLA members.\r\nThe urgent application asked for the court to halt the promotions of approximately 628 NSF members until the court heard arguments on the validity and legality of the NSF Project as a whole on 30 January next year.\r\nAccording to Renate Barnard, Sector Coordinator of Special Projects at Solidarity, this verdict is a victory for the other 150,000 loyal members of the SAPS whose opportunities for promotion are being hampered by the NSF Project. \r\n\u201cSolidarity strongly argues that the promotion of NSF members \u2013 who in some cases jump as many as five ranks \u2013 is extremely unlawful and unconstitutional. In addition, these unconstitutional promotions will result in other members of the police with years of faithful service not being promoted, solely because they do not have a certain background. Therefore, we are overjoyed that the court found that the promotions may not take place until the legality of the whole project has been tested,\u201d Barnard said.\r\nAccording to Barnard, Solidarity is looking forward to the thorough review of the NSF promotions by the court early next year. \u201cIt is in the interests of our members and in national interest that the NSF Project be reviewed. It is nothing but a politically motivated project,\u201d Barnard said.