Cops protected by labour law - Phiyega

2013-08-27 22:32
Riah Phiyega (Deaan Vivier, Beeld)

Riah Phiyega (Deaan Vivier, Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Police officers with criminal records cannot be summarily dismissed, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega told the Western Cape legislature on Tuesday.

Mark Wiley, chairperson of the standing committee on community safety, had asked Phiyega about a recent audit up to January 2010, which found 1 448 officers had criminal records.

Parliament heard in August that most of the officers were convicted after joining the service, and that none of them had been dismissed yet.

"The non-disclosure of a criminal record in most organisations would result in a summary dismissal. Why is it not the case with the SA Police Service [SAPS]?" Wiley asked.

Phiyega said labour law had to be followed.

"You'll agree with me that we are like most organisations. In terms of our agreement with labour and other people, we will use all the labour laws that are at hand to ensure we respect the rights of everybody."

She said dismissing officers without following the correct procedure would result in many days spent in court defending those actions.

"Okay, I think you're being very soft on them... The many organisations I know, it's a straight walk," Wiley replied.

Phiyega said the fact that the audit had been done showed the commitment there was to ensuring the police service was cleaned up.

Last month, SAPS acting deputy national commissioner for human resource development Nkrumah Mazibuko addressed MPs about the audit.

"These people are subjected to disciplinary process and then they take the matter up on appeal, and we get an order to reinstate the person," Mazibuko said.

Police members convicted and jailed were automatically fired.

"If that person appeals the sentence... and he gets the sentence reduced, maybe to a suspended one, by a criminal court, then in terms of our own [police] act, such a person is entitled to apply for reinstatement."

Read more on:    police  |  riah phiyega  |  cape town  |  corruption

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
47 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.