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By unknown | Sep 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The management of the South African Police Services in Limpopo is reluctant to reinstate a former employee despite his having won a case in the labour court.

Inspector Ntobeng Phala, a former police spokesman in the Capricorn area, was fired in June 2005 after he was accused of stealing a docket relating to a traffic fine he had been given from the police safe in the Polokwane police station.

The case was scrapped from the court roll and was allegedly drawn from the files of the SAPS in order to put Phala on trial.

At the time of Phala's dismissal he had been officially appointed acting spokesman, a position he later contested and won. But then all hell broke loose.

It has now been established that the Limpopo management of the SAPS is fighting tooth and nail to prevent Phala from executing his duties, thereby disregarding contracts, agreements and litigation.

According to police union Sapu, which represented Phala, he was to have reported for duty on September 1.

Sapu provincial organiser Thabo Bulala said Phala was being sent from pillar to post.

He said he accompanied Phala to work on Monday this week, where management showed no respect for, or recognition of the labour union.

Bulala said they also alerted deputy provincial commissioner Celiwe Binta, who refused to accept Phala back on duty.

Provincial police spokesman Superintendent Ronel Otto, yesterday refused to comment.


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