Ex-cop Barnard now turns to UN

Johannesburg - A former senior policewoman will now take her battle against the SA Police Service to the UN and International Labour Organisation, it was reported on Wednesday.

This comes after the Constitutional Court set aside an order of the Supreme Court of Appeal that the Saps discriminated against former police officer Renate Barnard by not promoting her.

This will be Barnard’s last attempt to show that South Africa’s employment equity laws are not in line with international conventions on racism, reported The Star.

However, Barnard may run into problems as the conventions do consider the history of racial discrimination in the workplace and that it must be addressed.

Barnard's affirmative action case goes back to 2005 when she applied for the post of lieutenant colonel, which was superintendent according to the old rankings, for the first time, Sapa reports.

She twice applied unsuccessfully for promotion to superintendent within the police's national evaluation services, which deals with complaints by the public and public officials about police services.

Despite recommendations by an interview panel and her divisional commissioner, the national police commissioner did not appoint her to the position on the basis that racial representation at the level of superintendent would be negatively affected.

The position was advertised for a third time, but was withdrawn when Barnard reapplied.

Trade union Solidarity's case against the SAPS, on behalf of Barnard, was referred to the Labour Court. In February 2010 the court ruled in the union's favour.

The court ruled Barnard be promoted retrospectively from 27 July 2006 to superintendent.

In May 2011, the SAPS was granted leave to appeal and in November 2012 the Labour Appeal Court held for the SAPS.

The SCA ruled in November last year in favour of Barnard and the union.

The SAPS then applied for leave to appeal in the Constitutional Court. The court heard the matter in March and judgment was reserved at the time.

Barnard resigned from the police in June. She told reporters on Tuesday she was currently working in the private sector, doing forensic investigations.

- News24
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Gerrit Kamper 2014-09-03 10:48:01 AM
Keep up the fight!!!
Rustic 2014-09-03 10:51:26 AM
Time to showcase our dirty linen to the world and embarrass this racist government doctrine.
Gerhard Labuschagne 2014-09-03 10:52:19 AM
Forget the legal gymnastics.Surely we all want QUALITY SERVICE DELIVERY irrespective of who is going to provide it.Black or white.This simply boggles my mind.After all these years the position this woman applied for is still open!?
RabbleRouser 2014-09-03 10:55:33 AM
Time to let this thing go. The bottom line is, don't work for the government unless you are quite content to head into a dead end career. Career opportunities in the government are based on political and not performance criteria. So, if you do not have the 'politically correct' credentials, forget about getting a promotion.
Petrus Kruger 2014-09-03 10:55:46 AM
Dear Ms Barnard. I am currently busy with research and an article on exactly on your proposed course of action. Please ask your legal representatives to contact me. Regards
Tshaga Tetelo 2014-09-03 10:56:26 AM
If an employer does not want to promote you musy you go to court, i have been working for 15 yrs with an Engineering degree for a private company, a young boy without qualification and experience who i taught how to do work now after 2 yrs is my manager, all because he is the same race as the CEO of the company.
Adie Masana 2014-09-03 10:56:33 AM
Keep fighting
Michael Cassel 2014-09-03 10:59:13 AM
I never grew up in apartheid and I understand it was disgusting... But the creation of racists laws because of previous racists laws. I have been turned down for jobs because I am white! While my sister and her fiancé immigrated because he as an engineer could not get a job due to the colour of his skin and yet in England he is now getting over £10 000 a month (do the math)... Please someone explain to me then how BEE and AA benefit the country? It makes us move backwards. I love SA and pray I may never leave, but I fear I may be dreaming
Siener Sien 2014-09-03 11:00:36 AM
that's the spirit !!! don't surrender to this reverse apartheid attempts
Sphiwe J Sibanyoni 2014-09-03 11:01:28 AM
I support you all the way, you fighting for everyone