Race row rocks KZN police college

2015-09-23 11:34
(File, Saps)

(File, Saps)

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Durban - Racism claims are at the centre of a mutiny at a police training college in Chatsworth in KwaZulu-Natal.

These allegations are contained in a leaked grievance memorandum that was sent to the South African Police Service headquarters and police union Popcru.

This week, members allegedly threatened to down tools, claiming their grievances levelled against a senior manager were ignored.

News24 understands that national acting divisional commissioner Major General Nyalunga flew down to the college to try and ease the tensions.

It is understood that the commissioner was locked in meetings with staff and management until late Monday night, where members were 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 “which is run by a racist, incompetent and unable senior manager”.

Members alleged that the woman is unbearably rude and racist to all black staff, and that she micro-manages all divisions in the college that are managed by black people.

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

'Unfair treatment'

Members claim that she practices “unfair, divisional and differential treatment of staff members based on which faction they are in.”

The members claim that they no longer feel comfortable working at the college.

“We strongly recommend she be removed from this institution or we be transferred to other places of work.”

When approached for comment, she referred all questions to national police spokesperson Solomon Makgale.

He was not immediately available to comment.

Deputy President of Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union Nkosinathi Mabhida confirmed that its members had lodged grievances "against a colonel".

“This is a very sensitive matter we are dealing with here. We were in KZN on September 1 and 2 and we addressed the members; we were also in KZN on Monday with senior Saps management trying to find a solution,” said Mabhida.

When probed further on the allegation Mabhida said he couldn’t discuss the “serious allegations” in the media.

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