No talks on JMPD boss's return

2009-10-12 22:10

Johannesburg - City of Johannesburg executive mayor Amos Masondo is committed to engage with trade union Samwu but not on "the return of JMPD chief Chris Ngcobo to work", the city said on Monday.

"This interaction should, however, not be about the return of the Chief of Police to work as this decision has been made by the Mayoral Committee," said city spokesperson Gabu Tugwana in a statement.

Tugwana said the SA Municipal Workers' Union should communicate with Masondo's office and it would be given a date to see him.

Tugwana said relationships within the Johannesburg metro police department management and staff were being addressed on an ongoing basis with the assistance of Masondo and City Manager Mavela Dlamini.

Workers downed tools in protest

JMPD employees belonging to Samwu downed tools on Thursday in protest at Ngcobo's return to work.

Ngcobo returned to work last week after being cleared of misconduct charges and re-instated following a probe by the city.

The metro police boss was accused of failing to perform his duties, failing to act decisively on allegations about three suspended employees, and promoting corruption by giving some employees allowances.

Ngcobo stepped down and the investigation followed.

Workers returned to work on Friday but Samwu secretary Dumisani Langa said they did not recognise Ngcobo as chief of police. He said the union would be meeting Masondo to discuss their issues.