Phiyega not in Labour court

Suspended police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Image source: Christine Vermooten

Suspended police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Image source: Christine Vermooten

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega may not be appearing in the Labour Court on Monday.

This is despite a claim by trade union Solidarity which released a statement on Sunday claiming: “The time has come for National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to testify in Solidarity’s lawsuit against the South African Police Service (SAPS) regarding Colonel Kobus Roos’ appointment”.

A legal representative for the police said he was unaware Phiyega had been summoned to court.

Roos was head of the police’s Crime Intelligence Unit internal audit and was transferred by Major General Richard Mdluli in 2010 following Roos’ exposure of Mdluli’s alleged crimes.

“The SAPS has still not complied with an earlier Labour Court ruling in terms of  which Roos had to be appointed in a post similar to his previous post,” Solidarity said. “In April last year, the court ordered that if a post was not available for Roos in the crime intelligence unit, he should be offered a similar post in the SAPS. However, Roos still has not been appointed in a post similar to his previous post.”

In the statement, head of Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practices, Dirk Coetzee said: “The national commissioner finally has to explain in an open court why she does not want to appoint Colonel Roos in the crime intelligence unit even though there is a vacant post for him”.

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