Report reveals ‘rot at top of SAPS’

2014-09-23 00:00

INSTITUTE for Accountability Monitor head Paul Hoffman SC said Booysen’s ongoing legal battle to take up his post revealed “a rot” in top police management.

“The matters covered in the findings by Advocate Cassim, who is highly experienced in matters of this nature, reveal the rot at the top of police management and deserve to be interrogated by the Portfolio Committee on Police in the National Assembly,” he said.

Cassim’s findings, which effectively cleared Booysen of three misconduct charges, were well-reasoned, he said.

“A perusal of the findings in the disciplinary inquiry, in which he cleared General Booysen of any wrongdoing, reveals a meticulously reasoned and carefully thought through [summary] of the evidence placed before the inquiry.”

He added that the review of the findings, as threatened by the State Attorney acting for the police, would not pass muster.

“The findings are likely to withstand the review proceedings that have been threatened by the State Attorney on the instructions of police management. If, as is suggested by the SAPS, there has been a breakdown in the relationship between Booysen and the SAPS, then it is squarely the fault of the latter.”

“Booysen is entitled to fair labour practices, like every other employee in South Africa, and has clearly not had the benefit of any [of this] going back to 2011.

“The inefficiency, ineffectiveness and poor judgment of the police management involved in the case is clearly spelt out in the findings and appears to be firmly evidence based.

“It will be difficult to dislodge the findings in favour of Booysen on review and extremely expensive to persist in the line that the relationship between employee and employer has broken down to such an extent that Booysen should not be allowed to return to his [post],” Hoffman added.

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