Demoted Western Cape top cops want their jobs back

Jeremy Veary & Peter Jacobs have taken the police minister and national police commissioner to the Labour Court.

Former deputy provincial commissioner Jeremy Veary, right, and former SAPS crime intelligence head Peter Jacobs have approached the Labour Court in attempt to get their jobs back. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Two senior Western Cape police officers who were allegedly demoted from management posts want their jobs back.

Former deputy provincial commissioner Jeremy Veary and former South African Police Service (SAPS) crime intelligence head Peter Jacobs, supported by Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), have taken Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane to the Labour Court.

The court on Tuesday granted a draft order that police management provide outstanding documents to the pair.

In June, Veary was moved to Cape Town cluster commander while Jacobs was re-assigned to Wynberg.

Veary says the pair will argue the transfers are against fair labour practices and were irrational.

“In our law, the motive with which we do something, and labour law must be clearly declared and be consonant with what happens just subsequently. That is what we're saying wasn't there.“

Veary says their suspicion as to why they were removed will be set out during arguments in court.

SAPS management maintains due process was followed in the “re-deployment”.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)