Senior officers evict sleepover cop from office

2009-08-08 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The commanding officer of an East Rand police station who moved into his office lock, stock and barrel was summarily transferred and his household goods removed from his office this week.

Senior Superintendent David Matlaola, the officer commanding Ratanda police station, was living in his office because the police stopped paying him approximately R8 000 a month for his accommodation in a local guesthouse.

Staff at the police station had to witness Matlaola washing himself in the kitchen in the mornings. On some mornings he apparently conducted meetings in his pyjamas and sent officials to go and buy lunch for him. He apparently uses a government vehicle while also receiving a vehicle allowance.

Johan Bester, chairman of Heidelberg community policing forum, said that for two weeks workers could not get to photocopiers and fax machines because Matlaola was on sick leave in his office.

Matlaola was suspended as commanding officer of the Heidelberg police station in 2002 following an investigation of a charge of sexual harassment against him.

His appeal against the suspension was successful and he was offered the Ratanda post. He insisted on a state-owned house, for which he did not qualify. When the police stopped paying for the guesthouse he moved into his office.

A source said senior police officers arrived on Wednesday and removed all Matlaola’s possessions from his office.

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