WC ANC raises concern over ‘smear campaign’ against Jeremy Veary
This follows reports claiming the deputy commissioner is linked to underworld bosses and local gangs.
CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has raised concern around what it calls "ongoing attacks" on Deputy Provincial Police Commissioner Jeremy Veary.
Veary has accused Western Cape Safety MEC Dan Plato, gang leaders and other politicians of launching a smear campaign against him, in order to tarnish his reputation.
This follows reports claiming the deputy commissioner is linked to Cape Flats underworld bosses and local gangs.
An affidavit doing the rounds with these allegations, carries the stamp of Plato's department.
ANC Provincial Secretary Faiez Jacobs claims MEC Plato has violated General Vearey's rights by spewing vague and embarrassing untruths.
"There is no political interference; what we are saying if there is allegations, let them be tested in a court of law. We are asking the MEC to desist from sowing divisions, and creating the impression that our police can't be trusted."
Jacobs claims Veary's life is now in danger because gangsters have tried to target him on at least two occasions.
He says within the next few weeks the party plans to approach the courts for an interdict.
MEC PLATO PERTURBED BY ANC COMMENTARY
At the same time, Plato says he can't understand why the ANC is commenting about a public spat between himself and a high-ranking police officer.
The ANC in the Western Cape has threatened to take Plato to court over mud-slinging with Major General Veary.
The party called a media briefing this morning to outline its intentions.
The MEC says he does not wish to make any further public comments about the alleged dispute.
Both men were reprimanded by police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko earlier this week.
Nhleko said the Hawks would be investigating the allegations.
Plato says he does not understand why the ANC is getting involved in the matter.
"We agreed that we will try our best to stay away from the press and not to debate the issue further in the media, so I don't understand the ANC situation."
He adds he's happy to wait on the Hawks to conduct their investigations into the matter.