popcruCape Argus reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has lodged a grievance with national police management after the demotion of two seasoned Western Cape crime fighters.  

Major-General Jeremy Vearey and Major-General Peter Jacobs were informed last week about the change, without consultation.  Vearey, the former deputy provincial commissioner for detective services, and Jacobs, the Western Cape’s former crime intelligence boss, had to report for duty on Monday as cluster commanders for Cape Town and Wynberg, respectively.  Although national police spokeswoman Brigadier Mashadi Selepe stressed that the deployment of senior managers and employees could not be construed as a demotion, Popcru is adamant due process was not followed.  With the grievance filed on behalf of its members, Popcru’s provincial secretary, Mncedisi Mbolekwa, said the grievance procedure allowed for 30 days, and if not settled, the matter could go to arbitration.

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