A police general is to be charged with criminal assault for allegedly making derogatory statements about a female officer’s dress, weight and skin color to new recruits in 2016.
The National Prosecutor’s Office (NPA) ruled to prosecute the General following intervention by AfriForum’s private prosecutor’s office.
Capt Riana Stander, 53, and other officers were allegedly humiliated in November 2016 when the General visited the Police Academy in Oudtshoorn and made comments about her appearance .
AfriForum said Tuesday that Stander and others were ordered to stand on a stage as the alleged comments were made to applause and cheers from about 450 recruits.
< span >Stander opened a case file in November 2016.
According to AfriForum’s attorney, Phyllis Vorster, Stander has been declared medically unfit and is no longer employed by SAPS, principal ely due to the trauma and stress that followed the incident.
When the S Solidarity union put pressure on SAPS, an internal disciplinary hearing took place in 2018. “The result was that the defendant’s [the general’s] statements to Stander and other officials were racist as well as derogatory and discriminatory, and she was consequently fired in 2019,” Vorster said.
“The defendant was also found to be more dishonest and found unreliable witness. However, the finding and sanction were overturned during an arbitration process and the general has returned to the SAPS. The SAPS inexplicably did not reinitiate disciplinary action.”
The NPA declined to prosecute at the time, prompting Solidarity and Stander to turn to AfriForum to pursue the defendant privately in 2019.< /p>
The director of the public prosecutor’s office (DPP) in Cape Town had initially pointed out in writing that there was no prima facie evidence of bodily harm.
Then in July 2019 the private prosecutor’s office demanded a Nolle-Prosequi on behalf of -Certificate to Stander for private prosecution. After numerous letters, the DPP confirmed that the state would press charges.
While the NPA did not give a date for the defendant’s first appearance, Stander was delighted that the case would finally go to court.
“I am confident that justice will finally be done,” she said.
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