Solidarity to take SAPS to court

Johannesburg - Trade union Solidarity will brief media on Thursday on a new court bid to force the SA Police Service to consult with the trade union on its affirmative action plan.

The union intends to approach the Labour Court. This comes after the Constitutional Court’s ruling on Tuesday in favour of SAPS and against former police member Renate Barnard regarding the police’s application of affirmative action.

The court on Tuesday set aside an order of the Supreme Court of Appeal that the SAPS discriminated against Barnard by not promoting her.

Acting Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said in his majority judgment that the SAPS employment equity plan was not challenged.

The court found the plan was lawfully and rationally implemented by the police commissioner in the matter concerning Barnard.

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.

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.

Scotty English 2014-09-04 06:17:33 AM
Good stuff. We need to eliminate affirmative action. Take it to the worlds highest courts. Discrimination against the whites will not be tolerated in a country that our forefathers built. Only great minds build an empire.
merkwaardig 2014-09-04 06:18:54 AM
The IMPLEMENTATION of the plan may have been lawful. The PLAN itself, however, is racist and criminal.
Jacob Jody 2014-09-04 06:22:56 AM
playing race card taking us backwards as msanzi
Dave Parker 2014-09-04 06:26:14 AM
The constitution that supports and enforces racial discrimination is institutionalised racism. No different to apartheid. Listening to those supporting it is like people justifying apartheid in the 70's
Zola Zizi Dukiso 2014-09-04 06:29:46 AM
Viva AA viva
Bradly Minnaar 2014-09-04 06:30:52 AM
Im glad she is not standing down, even if she loses the case, its all about principle, fight the good fight
Scotty English 2014-09-04 06:55:46 AM
Reading the replies on my comment, all I can say is move forward. Stop blaming previous injustice. We live for today. Yes the English were barbaric during the boer war but we have moved forward and hopefully stand United. Another comment to go and hang myself, please debate and argue my statement like an adult with factual information. Another comment, why do you expect me to do something about the past injustice.I don't owe you anything.
Kabelo Mosito 2014-09-04 06:59:34 AM
Last week Zuma lost his appeal regarding Spy Tapes against DA n the courts were praised. and now SAPS won the case, the courts are being challenged n criticised!!
Scotty English 2014-09-04 07:01:00 AM
@ Linda mazibuko, the reason most managers are white is because they earned it. I am so sorry you walk into work and notice all the white managers. Shame that's sad my dear. You go to work to work not judge and count how many white managers there are. Just shows your mentality. Move forward comrad.
Vaughan Johnson 2014-09-04 07:03:48 AM
Linda you're so right. Go tell the unions that who alternate their strikes monthly. Its always miners, metal, teachers, nurses ect. If I'm unhappy with my job/pay I look for a new job. Not burn down schools amd busses and the very thing I'm dissatisfied with. #JustSaying