Joburg metro cops want to down tools
Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers are threatening a massive strike action should management not deal with several cases they deem serious.
The officers allege that some senior staff members are treated with "kid gloves" despite facing serious corruption allegations. They said they would take to the streets to force management to suspend them.
South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) secretary in Johannesburg, Dumisani Langa, yesterday said the union had served JMPD with notice to embark on a strike on February 2.
"After we served JMPD with the notice to participate in a protected strike action, they responded with an urgent application in the labour court to interdict the strike."
Langa said officers were angered by the management's reluctance to suspend, among others, internal investigation officer Elmarie de Beer, deputy director of internal affairs Abel Nkosi, and Koti Essau, a manager at a testing station in Roodepoort.
Langa alleged that in 2007 De Beer fraudulently bought a Toyota Rav 4 for R600 from the metro police pound. The vehicle was parked at the pound after officers found it abandoned.
"There has to be an investigation into how she got the vehicle registered in her name and how she removed it from the pound," said Langa.
The procedure for disposing of an unclaimed car is to track down the owner. If the owner cannot be found then it will be auctioned. The union claims this did not happen.
Nkosi is alleged to be an accomplice in De Beer's case.
Metro police spokesman Wayne Minnaar said the union was asked to provide evidence to support the allegations against Nkosi.
"But until today we have not received anything from them.
"With regard to allegations against De Beer, she appeared before a disciplinary hearing and she was not found guilty," said Minnaar.