Solidarity goes to court over SAPS whistle-blower redeployment

2014-10-17 09:15

Solidarity is heading to the Labour Court today in order to try and force the police to redeploy whistle-blower Colonel Kobus Roos in a similar position.

The trade union is set to apply for a contempt of court order against the police as it believes that they failed to abide by a previous court ruling to reinstate Roos to a crime intelligence position.

Roos, who has worked for the police for 26 years, was originally demoted by ex-crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli, after he exposed corruption in the crime intelligence unit.

Mdluli removed Roos from his position as head of internal audit and placed him in the inspectorate and evaluation division of the union – a post the union said was redundant.

In April, the Labour Court ordered the police to redeploy Roos to a similar position as that he had before his demotion.

Judge Robert Lagrange ruled at the time that: “The respondents [the SAPS] are obliged to give preference to Roos in any application for appointment or promotion in a post reasonably acceptable to him ...”

However, Roos was subsequently moved to the SAPS head office, despite there apparently being colonel positions open in crime intelligence.

Previously, national police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said the application would be opposed, as the police felt they had complied with the order.

According to the union, Mdluli had originally appointed Roos to investigate an account but when Roos uncovered proof of corruption in the unit, Mdluli stopped the investigation and transferred Roos.

In the April court ruling, the police were also ordered to pay Roos R156 250 in compensation and pay costs.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.