Judgment expected in Western Cape top-cop demotion case

2017-08-03 06:54
Jeremy Vearey (Jenna Etheridge, News24, file)

Jeremy Vearey (Jenna Etheridge, News24, file)

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Cape Town – The Western Cape Labour Court will on Thursday rule whether two former Western Cape top-cops were unfairly demoted.

Former provincial deputy police commissioner for detective service, Jeremy Vearey, and former head of the provincial crime intelligence unit, Peter Jacobs, took the South African Police Service (SAPS) to court after they were demoted in June 2016.

Vearey was demoted to his old position as head of the Cape Town cluster of police stations, and Jacobs was sent to head the Wynberg cluster of police stations.

Michael Donen, representing Vearey, Jacobs, and the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), said the demotions were strange decisions, given that those clusters focused mostly on property crime, and not gang-related crime.

SAPS' Alec Freund previously said Vearey's move was not a demotion at all because he had only been acting in the position of intelligence head.

He was merely sent back to his old job at the Cape Town cluster as part of the restructuring.

Vearey had no rights to the detective services job just because he had been acting in it, Freund said.

He said Vearey had actually applied for the position but did not get the job, making his Labour Court application frivolous and vexatious.

As for Jacobs, he said there had already been complaints about the "unusable" intelligence he was providing so they found "something better" for him.

Both Veary and Jacobs cut their teeth in anti-apartheid activism and African National Congress intelligence structures before eventually donning the blue and gold of the post-1994 SAPS.

They are credited with being part of a team that put Vereeniging policeman Chris Prinsloo behind bars for 18 years in June 2016 for being involved in the sale of confiscated firearms.

The guns were meant for destruction, but instead found their way into the hands of gangsters and were used in crimes, including the murders of children caught in the crossfire of gang shootings.

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