Huge settlement on behalf of disadvantaged member of SAPS – Solidarity

Union says police officer was unfairly treated due to affirmative action

Huge settlement on behalf of disadvantaged member in SAPS – Solidarity 

13 September 2017

The trade union Solidarity today received another victory for a member that was unfairly treated due to affirmative action. This follows after the South African Police Service (SAPS) once again overlooked a suitable candidate who met all the requirements, because his appointment wouldn’t have promoted race demographics. 

According to Anton van der Bijl, Head of the Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practices, Mr Coetzee has been a police officer in the SAPS for 31 years. On 29 June 2015, he applied for the position of Commander: Veterinary Nurse with the rank Lieutenant and he got the highest score of all the applicants during the interview process. “Despite the fact that Mr Coetzee was named as the best and preferred candidate by the panel, a black woman who didn’t have the necessary experience to perform all the functions of the post, was appointed,” said Van der Bijl. 

Van der Bijl said that Mr Coetzee will receive retroactive benefits and compensation within 30 days on the rank of lieutenant/captain, as if he were appointed in the post. “We are delighted that this matter can come to an end, but we cannot emphasize enough that the SAPS will function more effectively if they give the necessary recognition to competent police officer despite their race, gender or other arbitrary grounds,” said Van der Bijl. 

“We are beginning to see that there is an increasing degree of discouragement among police officers and through matters like this we would like to be a beacon of light and hope in dark times,” concluded Van der Bijl. 

Issued by Anton van der Bijl, Head, Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practice, 13 September 2017