Hundreds of police officers today showed their support to Major-General Renee Fick at a media conference held in Bellville, where Solidarity announced that she, after a fight of almost a year against an unfair dismissal, may return to her post at the SAPS and that she would be reimbursed retrospectively.
This follows after the Provincial Commissioner falsely accused her of the dereliction of her duties and the issuing of a written warning to her in 2017. However, Fick decided to refuse to undersign the false complaint against her, as was within her rights, after which the Commissioner launched a disciplinary action against her and dismissed her summarily.
According to Francois Redelinghuys, spokesperson of Solidarity, this victory is justice for a dedicated and loyal police member of more than 39 years, and it sends out a message of courage. “Major-General Fick merely did her job properly. In fact, she went the extra mile to ensure that her department remains functional and for this she was dismissed. However, Major-General Fick’s story doesn’t end here. Her fight against injustice and her die-hard attitude to prevail, sends a clear message to the SAPS that there are people out there who are willing to take a stand against injustice,” Redelinghuys said.
According to Redelinghuys, Fick’s story is one that affects many police members. “If we measure the support Major-General Fick received here today, it is clear that, just like Fick, there are many dedicated and hardworking police members who have to work under extremely difficult circumstances daily. “Police members are part of a system where they are often bullied, leading them to feel depressed. However, we won’t back down. We will continue to fight against transgressions and irregularities to which dedicated employees of the SAPS are subjected to daily,” Redelinghuys reiterated.