EFF condemn SAPS for firing cop who lied, joined protest

2014-10-10 08:58

The Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng today condemned the South African Police Service for dismissing a police officer who lied to get time off to participate in an EFF protest.

According to Gauteng police, Moses Sako booked off work in May claiming to take his child to the doctor, but was seen taking part in protests outside the Alexandra Magistrates’ Court.

EFF provincial convenor Mgcini Tshwaku said the party wanted to meet the policeman to learn the facts surrounding his dismissal.

“After discovering all the facts, we shall engage our legal team and take this matter up and if it means taking the matter to court, then we shall do so.

“We condemn the South African Police Service’s decision to dismiss the officer based on suspicion that he is an EFF member. We view this as nothing but a way of planting fear in anyone who associates him/herself with the EFF especially those employed by the state.”

At the time of the protests, Brigadier Neville Malila told Sapa that about 300 people had gathered and were burning tyres outside the court.

They were protesting at the court appearance of people arrested for public violence during the elections.

Yesterday, Malila said Sako was one of the protesters who tried to negotiate with the police during the protest.

“He was linked to this incident through video footage which we took of the protests. Other police officers who were there also identified him,” said Malila.

He explained that besides lying about his reason for being off work, Sako was not supposed to have taken part in any political action.

“We cannot be actively involved in politics or be seen to be members of a particular party,” said Malila.

Sako appeared before a disciplinary hearing before he was dismissed last week.

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