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SAPS wins affirmative action case

The ConCourt has ruled in favour of the SAPS in a case against Renate Barnard testing its AA policies.

The Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in a case which tested the organisation's affirmative action policies.

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in a case which tested the organisation's affirmative action policies.

Lieutenant Colonel Renate Barnard resigned from the police in June this year 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.

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

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."

Barnard, along with trade union Solidarity will be responding to the judgment at a press briefing later today.