Call to suspend 'racist' KZN police college head

2016-01-27 09:02


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Durban – Police officers at the SAPS Chatsworth Training College in Durban want the college head suspended pending an investigation into alleged racism and mismanagement.

A probe into the claims was instituted four months ago. Sources at the college said nobody had yet been interviewed about their grievances.

- Read more: Race row rocks KZN police college

The allegations were contained in a memorandum sent to police headquarters and the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru).

Police said they were aware of the allegations and would investigate.

In the memorandum, dated June 17, 2015, employees alleged the college was run by an incompetent racist. She was rude to black staff and micro-managed all departments managed by black staff, they alleged.


KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said it was an internal matter and he would not comment.

Popcru deputy president Nkosinathi Mabhida said the investigation had been concluded and they were waiting for the findings to be released.

However, several sources told News24 that no one had been interviewed about their grievances.

"With the suspension of national police commissioner Riah Phiyega and those senior officers who were investigating the issue, there have been so many delays and this means that the investigation has been suspended," said one person who asked to remain anonymous.

In November 2015, acting national commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane suspended national deputy police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nobubele Mbekela, who was handling the investigation, and national police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale.

"Mbekela had promised to finalise the matter and she took the matter very seriously," said another source.

The investigation was meant to have begun on September 21. 


Sources said a senior manager had victimised officers.

Calls from senior police officers for management to stop victimising employees and for unions to stop fighting with the college’s leadership were ignored, the sources claimed.

"Five people were charged internally and given written warnings for raising issues.

"Three quarters of the academy wants to put in transfers because clearly SAPS is protecting the manager. There is no consistency in how they deal with matters. If there is an allegation against you, you are suspended and investigated immediately. Why don’t they do the same with her?" the source asked.

The senior manager was not immediately available for comment.


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