SAPS job document was a 'wish list', court told

2015-03-16 19:00
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Johannesburg - A document indicating that there were three jobs available in the SA Police Services crime intelligence internal audit unit was a "wish list", the Labour Court in Johannesburg heard on Monday.

"The document was not signed... This was simply a draft, and being a draft it was not approved," said Advocate William Mokhari, for the SAPS, referring to the resource allocation guide (Rag).

"A Rag... is a wish list. If all things were equal that is how SAPS would like this composition to be."

Mokhari was cross-examining trade union Solidarity's head of the centre for fair labour practices Dirk Groenewald.

Solidarity was representing Colonel Kobus Roos in order to try and force the police to redeploy him in a similar position in crime intelligence.

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 the one he had before his demotion.

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

Following the order, the SAPS placed Roos in the internal auditing department at the Gauteng head office, and not within crime intelligence. Roos and Solidarity are arguing that there was a position available in crime intelligence's internal auditing office.

Internal audit

Groenewald, during his testimony, referred to documents which proved there were three positions within the internal auditing unit of crime intelligence. This was a letter from national police commissioner Riah Phiyega, an organogram of the structure of the unit, and the Rag.

Mokhari put it to Groenewald that there was always only two posts in crime intelligence's internal auditing unit and the third post was part of the "wish list".

Groenewald argued that the SAPS could have fulfilled its wish list if it had appointed Roos.

Mokhari referred to the approved document which showed there were only two positions and the court order from April did not say the SAPS had to create a position for Roos in crime intelligence.

Earlier, Groenewald testified that during a meeting with police officials, Solidarity and Roos were told that Phiyega had instructed that Roos be deployed to head office and not crime intelligence.

Mokhari said the SAPS officials would deny that this was said. Groenewald was adamant that that was what was said.

The officials also indicated that the structure at crime intelligence was being reviewed.

Groenewald said he then attended a meeting with Phiyega where she indicated that Roos could not be redeployed to crime intelligence because there was a personality clash between himself and another brigadier within crime intelligence.

Read more on:    solidarity  |  police  |  riah phiyega  |  richard mdluli  |  johannesburg

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