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Fair disciplinary action against suspended Metro Police members

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Fair disciplinary action against suspended Metro Police members

by City of Cape Town
05 Sep 2007
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town will follow a fair process in any disciplinary action against members of the Metro Police who took part in unlawful industrial action and related serious misconduct on 15 August 2007. The disciplinary process will be finalised once the City's engagement with the trade unions representing the members has concluded.

The two unions, SAMWU and IMATU, were invited to make proposals to ensure the fairness of the process. Their submissions are under consideration and any pronouncements by the unions on the process now are therefore premature.

The City is busy devising a disciplinary process that will allow both the individual officers and their unions a fair and sufficient right to be heard before any findings or sanctions are issued. The City will be guided by labour law and established guidelines laid down by the courts of law in this regard.

A total of 122 officers have been suspended as a result of their involvement in the action which disrupted traffic on the N2 and into the city centre. They were warned by their superior officers beforehand not to engage in unlawful industrial action and also about possible consequences such as arrest and dismissal if they disregarded this directive. The police officers were involved in collective unlawful industrial action whilst being members of an essential service.


Issued on behalf of the Directorate: Communication,
City of Cape Town

Media enquiries:
Pieter Cronje
City of Cape Town
Cell: 082 465 4965

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