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Union slams Saps quota system

Solidarity says the system, which increased black appointments at a senior level, is unconstitutional.

FILE. A file image of Western Cape police monitoring the scene following a protest in Du Noon on Friday 8 April 2016. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Trade Union Solidarity believes a quota system within the South African Police Service (Saps), to increase black appointments at senior level - at the expense of white and coloured officers - is unconstitutional.

Netwerk24 has published an internal police document detailing representative guidelines for senior appointments in the Western Cape.

Provincial police management says the plan has not yet been finalised.

Solidarity's Anton Van der Bijl says they have been notified about the letter by some of their members within the Saps.

The memo was signed off by the division commissioner for personnel management last month.

The letter suggests a drastic increase in the number of black appointments to the senior positions of Admin Clerk, Captain, Colonel and Lieutenant-Colonel until the end of the 2016/17 financial year.

Van der Bijl says they have already taken the matter to the Labour Court.

"We argue that that's a pre-rigid quota system, so we've argued that in the Labour Court and to say the same legal principle needs to be applicable."

The national police department has yet to comment.