Barnard disappointed with ConCourt judgment
A ConCourt judgment found that the police service was correct in not promoting Barnard.
JOHANNESBURG - Policewoman Renate Barnard says she's disappointed by today's Constitutional Court judgment which found that the police service was correct in not promoting her.
It's been a nine-year legal battle for Barnard who was overlooked twice for a promotion because of her race.
Today, the court sided with the South African Police Service (SAPS), overturning earlier judgments in favour of Barnard.
Barnard was emotional, saying this legal battle had taken its toll on her.
"I really only had one passion and that was to protect and serve irrespective of colour or race."
Solidarity's Dirk Hermann says today's judgment is disappointing but it would not stop them from bringing more affirmative action cases before the courts.
"We are disappointed. We don't believe what happened here today can be justified."
Barnard resigned from the police in June following a long battle for a promotion.
In November last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned an earlier court ruling that the police were correct in not promoting Barnard because she is white.
Barnard's troubles began in 2006 when she was twice overlooked for a promotion because of her race, despite being the lead candidate.
Today acting Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke ruled in favour of the SAPS.
"In the result the following unanimous order is made; leave to appeal is granted."