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joburgcityEWN reports that the City of Johannesburg will on Friday hear claims that Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) chief David Tembe incited junior officers to revolt against senior officers, and that the relationship between the chief and senior managers has completely broken down.  

The managers, who include directors and superintendents, will formally present their grievances in a second hearing in two weeks presided over by Sandile July of Werksman's Attorneys.  In February, Tembe suspended two directors, Legolonko Lekota and Sipho Dlepu, alleging that they had organised a managers’ meeting to undermine his authority, cause disharmony and unrest.  But, the senior managers asserted that Tembe was the one inciting unrest.  Last week, Tembe suffered an embarrassing defeat when July found that his allegations of misconduct against the two senior officers were unfounded and that he had had no authority to suspend the pair.  A recommendation was made that the two should return to work.  A week later they remain in limbo.  Their colleagues will allege in Friday's hearing that Tembe has disregarded council approved structures and chains of command, has seconded his favourite staff to his office without following human resource procedures, and has terrorised senior managers.

  • Read the full original of Nthakoana Ngatane’s report on this matter at EWN


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