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The National Task Team led a rescue operation on Monday. Photo: SAPS / Twitter

DA condemns dismissal of senior SAPS members in Nelson Mandela Bay

The DA in the Eastern Cape said the dismissal of three SAPS members in Nelson Mandela Bay appears to be racially motivated.

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The National Task Team led a rescue operation on Monday. Photo: SAPS / Twitter

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has condemned the dismissal of three senior South African Police Services (SAPS) members from Nelson Mandela Bay.

DA Member of the Safety and Security Portfolio Committee, Marshall von Buchenroder, said their dismissals on Friday, 30 April, will have a crippling effect across the Metro’s policing services.

“This move will rip the guts out of effective policing in Nelson Mandela Bay. One cannot afford to lose officers of this calibre. These individuals have dedicated their lives to the service of residents of Nelson Mandela Bay. Their collective knowledge and experience are irreplaceable.”


According to Von Buchenroder the dismissals stem from a meeting where SAPS members reportedly raised objection to the appointment of a Brigadier as cluster commander.

“The objection was raised against the backdrop of a collective agreement entered into between the SA Police Service and the two leading police unions, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) and the SA Police Union (Sapu). Based on the agreement, certain positions such as that of cluster commanders would no longer exist, and a court interdict prevented such appointments from being made.”

Von Buchenroder added that he will be taking this matter up with Community Safety MEC, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe and the SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga.

“It appears these dismissals are racially motivated, to open the top leadership structures to favouritism. The DA will continue to fight for a professional police service that puts service delivery first.”


Police spokersperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said the issue remained internal between SAPS employer and employee.

“Kindly be informed that the matter referred to in your query, remains an internal issue between the employer and employee concerned. We therefore believe that it should be treated as such. The Provincial Commissioner’s office has not received any information in relation to the matter, and for this particular reason it is not possible to give a comment at this stage,” said Kinana.

Spokersperson for MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe said the MEC does not wish to interfere with SAPS administrative issues.

“MEC Tikana-Gxothiwe sees this as a matter between an employer and an employee. A matter she cannot interfere with as it is an administrative issue, and thus wishes for it not to be used for any political gains,” said Unathi Binqose.

The MEC Tikana-Gxothiwe also expressed her “full confidence in the SAPS internal processes in dealing with this matter”.

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