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First On EWN: Top Gauteng cop to fight re-deployment

Gauteng Deputy Commissioner Phumzo Gela stands to become a cluster commander in the Free State.

FILE: Gauteng Deputy Police Commissioner Major-General Phumzo Gela (Left) and Gauteng CPF chairman Andy Mashaile blow the whistle on crime at an anti-crime event in Reiger Park on 24 August 2014. Picture: Crime Line

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt Gauteng's deputy police commissioner is trying to fight off an attempt to re-deploy him to the Free State in a battle that may land up at the Labour Court.

It's understood Major-General Phumzo Gela has received notice that he stands to become a cluster commander in the province, a move he considers to be a demotion.

Gela previously served under Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros and his new deployment follows the arrival of Petros's replacement, Lesetja Mothiba.

Well-placed sources in the police have confirmed that Gela will today present a case to his superiors about why he should remain in the province.

It's understood several civil society groups as well as officials in the provincial government are backing him.

The deputy commissioner is seeking further explanation about why the decision has been taken.

It's not yet clear who will replace Gela if the transfer goes through.

But this could also be contested in the Labour Court.