Police Service Said To Pay R150 000 For Unlawfully Demoting Major-Generals

Police Service Said To Pay R150 000 For Unlawfully Demoting Major-Generals. The national South African police Service leadership issue has turn into them being seen as guilty of unfair labour practices.

The national South African police Service leadership issue has turn into them being seen as guilty of unfair labour practices. The South African Police Service is now demanded to pay R150 000 after unlawfully demoting six major-generals. In January, at the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council, the South African Police Service was discovered to have supposedly humiliated major-generals from Pretoria.

The major-generals were taken off as cluster commanders of numerous police stations to just overseeing individual police stations. The police leaders called the action a recipe for disaster. The major-generals, Masego Botshelong, Pooblan Subbiah, Ketlareng Mohajane, Nicholas Sithole, Anna Mateisi and Girly Mbhele were individually given R25 by the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council for being wrongfully demoted. This was due to a restructuring programme of the South African Police Service since February 2019 to move senior officials to single stations to work on crime in specific areas.

PH Kirstein, the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council arbitrator advocate, discovered the procedure with a issues because the six major-generals were stripped off their command and control went they were moved from cluster commander to being overseers. “The major-generals suffered the humiliation of arriving at stations without knowing who to report to and without having office space and/or any personnel assigned to them.” The arbitrator advocate says it was an unfair law practice because the South African Police Service and General Khehla Sithole, the national commissioner, relegated the officials without telling them. It is stated that the adjustments were communicated to the media before the major-generals were told.

by Alexandra Ramaite