During the 2007 nationwide public service strike, the union (“POPCRU”), which has about 109 500 members in the SA Police Service (“SAPS”), threatened to call all its members out on strike. SAPS sought an urgent interdict, contending that a strike by POPCRU members employed in the service would be unlawful because the employees were engaged in essential service. The Labour Court granted an interdict only in respect of officers employed under the SA Police Services Act 68 of 1995, but held that employees employed under the Public Service Act, 1994 were free to strike.