Top Johannesburg cop accused of racism

2013-09-25 09:54

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Johannesburg – A senior Johannesburg metro police officer and his department have been accused of racism and corruption, The Star reported on Wednesday.

Three police officers are claiming they were unfairly dismissed by Chief Superintendent Mike Smith and his department.

Lesiba Kganyago told the newspaper he was dismissed when he accidentally arrested a fellow plain-clothed police officer who snuck up and jumped on him. The officer, who works for internal affairs unit, only explained he was a police officer after being pushed to the ground and handcuffed. Despite all charges later being withdrawn, Smith insisted the charges be upheld.

Kganyago told The Star Smith’s department was riddled with corruption and black officers were victimised.

Two other metro officers were also appealing against their dismissals. The three appeals are being pursued independently.

One of the officers claimed other metro officers who had been arrested by the SAPS for serious misconduct like stealing cars hadn’t been suspended or subjected to internal discipline.

Metro Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar told iol the allegations would be discussed after the CCMA ruling.
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