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By unknown | Nov 23, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mvuyo Mati

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A police officer has accused his senior managers of discriminating against him because of his past links with the ANC's armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK).

Inspector Mbulelo Mfeketo, who joined the South African Police Service in 1995, says he has been fighting for promotion ever since.

He claimed he had been denied promotion, despite a 2002 labour court ruling that national and provincial police commissioners should show just cause why he should not be ranked as a senior superintendent.

He claimed that senior management had never responded to the ruling.

Mfeketo, of Mdantsane in East London, said senior officers first took a dislike to him when he contested his low rank status after the amalgamation of police forces in 1995.

He claimed that certain police officers who had served in the former South African Police and "bantustan police forces" had sworn they would never allow former MK members to obtain senior ranks.

Mfeketo said most former MK and Apla members were ranked between constable and inspector.

He also claimed that the police had failed to investigate several burglaries at his house since 2002 - despite charges being laid.

After launching his own investigation, he said he made several arrests, but that all the suspects were released by his colleagues because of insufficient evidence.

lThe provincial police commissioner's office has failed to respond to Sowetan's queries faxed to them two weeks ago.


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