Judgment expected in SAPS affirmative action case

2014-09-01 13:09
Renate Barnard. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Renate Barnard. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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

Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court will hand down judgment on Tuesday in the application by the SA Police Service (SAPS) for leave to appeal against a ruling on affirmative action.

The SAPS wanted to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal decision that it had discriminated against lieutenant colonel Renate Barnard on the basis of race.

Barnard had twice applied unsuccessfully for promotion to superintendent within the National Evaluation Services (NES), which deals with complaints by the public and public officials concerning the broad spectrum of police services.

Despite recommendations by an interview panel and her divisional commissioner, the national police commissioner did not appoint her to the position on the basis that racial representation at the level of superintendent would be negatively affected.

Martin Brassey SC, for trade union Solidarity, which represented Barnard, argued the decision not to promote Barnard was based on her race and not merit.

Hamilton Maenetje SC, for the SAPS, argued that the commissioner's decision not to appoint Barnard was rational and justified in terms of employment equity.

White officers were over-represented on level nine, where Barnard would have been appointed in the SAPS.

In March, acting chief justice at the time, Dikgang Moseneke, reserved judgment on the application.

Barnard resigned from the police in June.

Read more on:    saps  |  renate barnard  |  johannesburg

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

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


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.


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.