SAPS aware of KZN training college race row

2015-09-23 17:00


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Durban – The South African Police Service (SAPS) on Wednesday confirmed it was aware of a race row at a KwaZulu-Natal police training college.

National police spokesperson Solomon Makgale told News24 he was aware of the allegations.

“A team was sent from head office to meet with the aggrieved members. We will most certainly investigate the allegations,” is all Makgale would say.

On Wednesday News24 reported serious claims of racism were made against a senior manager working at the SAPS Chatsworth Training College.

The allegations were contained in a leaked grievance memorandum sent to SAPS headquarters and the Police and Prisons Civil Rights union (Popcru).

This week members allegedly threatened to down tools claiming their grievances were being ignored.

News24 understands that a top police official flew down to the college on Monday to ease the tensions.

The official was locked in meetings with staff and management until late on Monday night, where members were reportedly threatened with dismissals if they leaked information to the media.

In their memorandum, dated June 17, members stated they were no longer willing to work at the Chatsworth College alleging it was "run by a racist, incompetent and unable senior manager”.

Members alleged the manager was "unbearably rude and racist" to all black staff and all divisions in the college managed by blacks were micro-managed.

“She constantly overrides procedures and does not follow legislative processes and says she will do things her way because of her rank.”

Members want the manager removed from the college.

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