Two Western Cape top police officers have been demoted from their senior management posts to cluster commanders.
According to the Cape Argus, Major-General Jeremy Vearey, deputy provincial police commissioner for detective services, and Major-General Peter Jacobs, the crime intelligence boss, were informed of their new posts last week.
Both Vearey and Jacobs have been in the forefront of helping combat gang activities in the Western Cape.
CapeTalk's John Maytham spoke to Hanif Loonat, Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum (CPF) cluster chairperson,about the demotion the two police officers.
Loonat told Maytham that he doesn't see this as a demotion, but rather as a re-deployment, because the two police officers will still receive the same salary and their status remains the same.
He says Lieutenant- General Khombinkosi Jula is changing the structure as he deems fit for the province.
I think General Jula should be given the opportunity of doing what he things is the best for the province.— Hanif Loonat, Mitchells plain Police Forum cluster
It is very difficult for us to attack the man on a decision he has made when we haven't given him an opportunity of trying something better.— Hanif Loonat, Mitchells plain Police Forum cluster
Listen to the full conversation below: