They will also denounce favouritism allegedly shown by the City’s chief of police, Lieutenant-General Johanna Nkomo to some employees. Their planned protest is expected to take place at the metro police headquarters in Pretoria West. Speaking anonymous...
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They will also denounce favouritism allegedly shown by the City’s chief of police, Lieutenant-General Johanna Nkomo to some employees. Their planned protest is expected to take place at the metro police headquarters in Pretoria West. Speaking anonymously to the Pretoria News, some officers lamented the fact that their previous attempts to raise their grievances with Nkomo failed to yield positive results.
They said Nkomo treated them unfairly by making them work long overtime hours without affording them enough time to rest at home. They alleged that the police chief often demonstrated favouritism to some staff members by assigning them fewer responsibilities which were not in line with their ranks.
For example, they cited that one of the directors, whose name is known to the Pretoria News, was allowed to perform duties of a deputy director while he earned the salary of a director. Also on their list of grievances will be the ill-equipped control centre at the head office.
The centre, they claimed, remained poorly equipped despite the fact that the City bought equipment such as speakers and computers about four to five years ago to capacitate its operations. According to them, the speakers and computers were gathering dust and still waiting to be installed at the centre.
SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) regional chairperson Nkhetheni Muthambi said the union was familiar with the issues and expressed support for the protest.
“For the equipment to be left to gather dust for more than four years amounts to wasteful expenditure. We tried to raise the matter with the chief and she has not done anything about it. She simply doesn’t respect our structures in her department,” Muthavhi said. He said the only way to get Nkomo’s attention would be through a protest.