Former Western Cape Detective head, Jeremy Vearey has submitted an urgent application to the Western Cape High Court to have a decision by Provincial Commissioner Tembekile Phathekile to remove his security reviewed and set aside.
Patekile announced on 24 June that Vearey’s security was to be withdrawn.
Police Minister Bheki Cele and National Commissioner Khehla Sitole have also been cited as respondents in the application which was submitted on 5 July.
In an affidavit, Vearey stated that the removal of his security detail after his dismissal by Sitole in May would compromise his testimony in an upcoming high-profile “guns to gangs” criminal matters.
“It cannot be excluded that the purpose of withdrawing my protection is to discourage me from testifying in high-profile criminal matters scheduled to take place as a result of my investigations.”
“My change in employment status does not change the prevalence of the threats against myself,” said Vearey.
Vearey also made claims that there was an organised strategy by senior SA Police Service management to “get rid” of him, Major-General Peter Jacobs and Major-General André Lincoln.
“We exposed corruption in the police and we diligently committed ourselves to the eradication of gang activities and police corruption. I respectfully submit that my dismissal is none other than a method to achieve ulterior motives of senior police management,” said Vearey.