- Western Cape detectives head Jeremy Vearey has been fired.
- National police commissioner Khehla Sitole endorsed a sanction of dismissal imposed on Vearey.
- The police said several of Vearey's social media posts were aimed at Sitole.
Western Cape detectives head, Major-General Jeremy Vearey, has been fired after being found guilty of misconduct for "disrespectful" social media posts, allegedly aimed at top cop Khehla Sitole.
Over three days between April and May, Vearey was subjected to an "expeditious" disciplinary process on misconduct charges for a raft of Facebook posts.
The police contended the posts, in which Vearey predominantly shared links to news articles about the disciplinary action against former Crime Intelligence boss Peter Jacobs, had been intended to harm Sitole's image.
Vearey, it is understood, denied impropriety, and said his social media activity was misinterpreted.
Eastern Cape police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga - who chaired the disciplinary hearing - recommended that Vearey be dismissed.
According to an internal police memorandum obtained by News24, Sitole effected the dismissal on Friday.
National police spokesperson, Vish Naidoo, confirmed that Sitole endorsed a sanction of dismissal on Friday.
"Some of the messages [by Vearey] were directed at the national commissioner and contained words that were considered derogatory, offensive, insulting and disrespectful to the national commissioner, thus bringing the national commissioner and the South African Police Service into disrepute," said Naidoo."These actions were considered a misconduct in terms of the SAPS Disciplinary Regulations and, therefore, warranted a departmental action."
Meanwhile, the ANC in the Western Cape said they were shocked at his dismissal.
"We are angered by General Vearey’s dismissal. He has served our struggle faithfully and also became a police officer hated by criminals in our province.
"His dismissal appears to be part of a pattern to sideline and fire people’s soldiers who joined SAPS. Clearly there is a crisis in SAPS that requires the urgent attention of the national minister and the President. This decision must be reversed," said the ANC.
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