Review application over top cops’ transfer to be heard at later stage

2017-03-22 18:33
Jeremy Vearey (Jenna Etheridge, News24, file)

Jeremy Vearey (Jenna Etheridge, News24, file)

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Cape Town – An application for the Cape Town Labour Court to review the decision to transfer two high-ranking police officers did not go ahead as scheduled on Wednesday.

Major-Generals Jeremy Vearey and Peter Jacobs were in good spirits on Wednesday morning, ahead of being told the matter would be heard at a later stage.

It appeared that the court’s schedule was an issue and that time needed to be found to hear the application in full.

Attorney Clive Hendricks later confirmed the court would receive an agreement on the further conduct of the matter.

Two days for the hearing would be found in the next term. A date had not yet been set.

Vearey, former deputy provincial commissioner for detective services; and Jacobs, who headed the Western Cape’s Crime Intelligence unit, were effectively demoted in June last year.

Vearey was shifted to a position he previously filled - commander of the Cape Town cluster of police stations, while Jacobs was appointed Wynberg cluster commander.

They had been involved in several high-profile investigations.

With the help of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, they approached the courts to have the decision reviewed.

It emerged at their last appearance in December that there was seemingly no trace of documents informing them of their sudden redeployment.

They had asked for minutes of meetings and/or deliberations by the SA Police Service and its top officials in the time leading up to the transfers.

The respondents include the police minister, acting national police commissioner, Western Cape police commissioner, and SAPS.

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