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Policewoman's promotion in limbo

2010-03-23 11:14

Johannesburg - Policewoman Captain Renate Barnard's court ordered promotion remains on hold, with trade union Solidarity filing answering papers on Tuesday as the police challenge the order.

Solidarity lawyer Ben Groenewald said they would file their answering papers in the Labour Court on Tuesday following the state's application last week for leave to appeal the matter.

Barnard had applied for a promotion but, although she fared the best out of all candidates during assessments, the promotion was refused because she is white.

Racial representation

This was considered not in line with the police's attempts at realigning racial representation in the department - better known as affirmative action.

On March 2, Judge Paul Pretorius ordered the police service to promote Barnard to superintendent from July 2006 and pay her legal costs.

If Pretorius denies the police leave to appeal, they may petition the Labour Appeals Court and if they fail there, they may proceed to the Supreme Court of Appeals - all expected to be a lengthy process.

Groenewald said: "Unfortunately she is in limbo at this stage. The Saps hasn't confirmed or stated that they are going to promote her at this stage.

"The only one that is being prejudiced is Mrs Barnard," said Groenewald.

Solidarity have a number of similar cases that they intend proceeding with once they have clarity on the Barnard matter.