The Democratic Alliance (DA) in eThekwini Municipality has written to the acting municipal manager Musa Dladla to ask for intervention in the Metro Police.
DA caucus leader in eThekwini, councillor Nicole Graham, said the Metro police’s latest blunder comes after the Labour Court ruled that 40 of their cars be attached and auctioned to pay a debt owed to two officers.
Graham said in a statement that the officers were owed millions by the Metro Police after the Bargaining Council ruled they were more suitable for the Metro’s top job than current commissioner Steve Middleton. The Bargaining Council also ruled that Middleton’s appointment was irregular.
“It has become clear that despite many good officers within its ranks, the Metro Police has become deeply politicised. Middleton was a known backer of former eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, who openly supported his appointment. The results have spoken for themselves.
“A leaked City Integrity and Investigation Unit (CIIU) report shows rampant overtime and vehicle abuse within the unit.
“Cops have used municipal vehicles to visit bottle stores, take their kids to school and generally have a great time. Those who have fraudulently claimed hundreds of hours of overtime received proverbial slaps on the wrist,” Graham said.
The DA also alleged that Metro Police officers claim hundreds of millions of rands in overtime, blowing their budget every year.
“Despite the CIIU report showing clear cases of overtime abuse, there were no harsh sanctions. The unit further compromised its relationship with the public during the eThekwini riots by refusing to work with neighbourhood and community policing forums,” Graham said.
Attempts to get comment from eThekwini Municipality were unsuccessful at time of publication.