Former Western Cape top cop Jeremy Vearey has spoken out following his dismissal by SAPS.
Vearey was axed after a disciplinary hearing, for allegedly criticising National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole on Facebook and bringing the SAPS into disrepute.
Vearey says his disciplinary hearing was nothing but a witch hunt.
He said the the expeditious process had not afforded him an opportunity to interrogate evidence related to the social media posts that resulted in the disciplinary hearing.
No witnesses were called by either of the two parties.
Additionally he said he was not afforded Points in Limnie [process that addresses a technical legal point].
He also spoke out on “tribalism and ethnonationalism” within the SAPS and how it impacted top coloured officers from receiving certain posts.
“I was the one when the national commissioner Sitole came to brief us about the ‘Simunye: We are One’ programme to raise that we are dealing with the problem of tribalism in the organisation. If we go to certain parts of the country there is a preference for a certain demographic. We are a national police service, we are not a Bantustan confederacy,” he said during an interview with eNCA.
Vearey also claimed that when he and Lieutenant-General Peter Jacobs applied for Crime Intelligence posts a deputy national commissioner allegedly said: “they can’t have two coloureds at head office.”
Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union(Popcru) which is supporting Vearey against the current case of dismissal said it has referred the matter to the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council.