‘Big money’ allegedly lures police officer to work for IEC

2014-05-12 00:00

A POLICE officer faces disciplinary action from her superiors after she booked herself off from work to avoid working overtime on election day and instead took up a position as an Independent Electoral Official (IEC) area manager in Howick.

The officer, whose name is known to The Witness, was identified by another officer while working at the Howick Preparatory school and her superiors were informed. She is with the Pietermaritzburg Dog Unit based in Mountain Rise.

A source who was aware of the incident said the police officer was identified by one of the officers who knew her and she was taken back to her unit in Pietermaritzburg.

The source said that in terms of the Constitution “she is allowed to do that but not in terms of police procedure … I understand that she had been scheduled to work overtime during the election, but instead she booked off for family responsibility leave only to work in the IEC as an area manager. I understand that she did the same thing during the voter registration process. I think she was motivated by big money, she was probably going to get five or six times more than what the police will get on their overtime.”

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said no criminal case is being investigated, however a departmental investigation into the allegations is being conducted.

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