Affirmative action case in ConCourt

The highest court in SA heard an application by the SAPS for leave to appeal against an earlier ruling.

FILE: Renate Barnard was twice denied the position of superintendent because she is white. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The labour dispute over affirmative action (AA) in the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Wednesday reached the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.

The highest court in the country heard an application by the SAPS for leave to appeal against an earlier ruling favouring Renate Barnard.

The woman's troubles started in 2006 when she was twice overlooked for a promotion because of her race, despite being the lead candidate.

Barnard is now fighting for compensation.

She turned to the Labour Court, which found in her favour, but the decision was overturned on appeal.

In 2013, Barnard's legal team successfully argued her case in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Trade Union Solidarity in January said although Barnard's rights are being trampled on, a judgment from the Constitutional Court will settle the matter once and for all.

Speaking during his reply to the Parliamentary debate on the State of the Nation Address in February, President Jacob Zuma said his government would intensify its affirmative action policies.