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7 Nov 2013
5:10 pm

Solidarity case against police postponed

An unfair labour practice case against the police was postponed by the Johannesburg Labour Court on Thursday, trade union Solidarity said.

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The court heard an application by the police to have the matter postponed until next year for trial, the head of Solidarity’s centre for fair labour practice, Dirk Groenewald, said in a statement.

The Labour Court granted the postponement and set aside 11 days for the trial, starting on February 10.

The court ordered the police to pay Solidarity’s legal costs brought about by the postponement. The court also ordered the police to amend their court papers within 14 days.

Solidarity was representing Colonel Kobus Roos, who claimed to have tried for years to expose corruption in the police.

Roos was moved from the crime intelligence division by suspended crime intelligence head Lt-Gen Richard Mdluli after making a protected disclosure containing allegations and proof of corruption in the unit.

Groenewald said the police, arguing for a postponement, claimed the documents contained in the court papers were confidential and that certain witnesses summoned to testify, among them Mdluli, were not available.

“It is clear that Lt-Gen Mdluli will be the [SA Police Service’s] chief witness in the case,” said Groenewald.

The case stood down on Monday when the judge asked the parties to return to court on Thursday to give feedback on whether a settlement could be reached.

Groenewald said that when the trial began next year, Roos would testify about, among other things, investigations he was involved in and the corruption these investigations exposed.

A former member of the Scorpions, two members of the Hawks, and several SAPS members have been summoned to testify in the case.

Roos is currently with the crime intelligence unit’s inspection and evaluation division. This division was never functional and is currently closed.

He previously acted as head of crime intelligence’s internal audit division and was responsible for auditing the so-called secret services account.

Mdluli appointed him to investigate this account, but later shut down the investigation and moved him to his current post.

Solidarity wanted Roos reinstated to his previous position at the internal audit division, arguing that he had virtually no work to do in his current post and was subject to unbearable working conditions.