Tshwane unmoved by metro cop complaints

2012-04-23 21:39
Pretoria - The Tshwane metro police officers unhappy about 67 superintendent appointments suffer from sour grapes, the department said on Monday.

"As a general comment it should be expected in cases when there are people who consider themselves eligible for promotion, that some would be unhappy at the outcomes," department spokesman Console Tleane said.

About 70 metro police officers indicated they would approach the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to try and reverse the appointments, claiming the process was flawed.

"The department is aware of the unhappiness of some of its members who had hoped to be appointed to become superintendents," said Tleane.

Their lawyer Jack Madzivhandila said the court action was based largely on the interviewing of possible candidates.

"It's not about being appointed into those positions or not. My clients feel that the Tshwane metro was unjust and unreasonable in this process," he said.

His clients wanted the appointments considered null and void, and the whole process to start from scratch.

"Even if some of my clients are beaten again and not placed, it will be under fair circumstances and that's fine... this is not about removing all those people so my clients can get the positions."

Madzivhandila said some of his clients felt aggrieved at the conduct of members of the interviewing panel.

"For example, they had different interviewing panels for men and women... why separate the two?" he asked.

"Some of my clients had been placed on a shortlist and when they approached the department about interviews they were told they had to sit at that very moment for that interview... without preparing themselves."

They claimed that some of the appointees were not qualified. "You can't suddenly be a metro police officer when we know you were only qualified as a traffic cop just last year.... How is that possible?"

Madzivhandila said he would file papers with the court as soon as all his clients had signed their confirmatory affidavits. This would probably be during the course of the week.

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