Acting top cop wants to hold permanent post
two years until the end of 2013 when Major- General Peter Jacobs took over.
Jacobs was effectively demoted to Wynberg cluster commander about three weeks ago, while in another shock move, Major-General Jeremy Vearey was moved from deputy provincial commissioner of detective services to Cape Town cluster head.
Both are challenging this via the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union.
Tiyo’s legal representative, Richard Brown, said his client was on leave and was to assume the role of provincial crime intelligence head on his return about a week ago.
Brown confirmed Tiyo had applied for the job.
“He had been acting in the post for approximately two years previously. He performed extremely well in the post,” Brown said.
“The evidence he collected whilst in the post is being relied upon by the state in various very high-profile matters.”
Brown said Tiyo did not face any criminal charges.
He said his client’s appointment was “not only well-deserved, but also logical”.
Tiyo declined to comment and referred queries to Brown.
While crime intelligence acting head, Tiyo investigated then provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer, Stellenbosch police cluster commander Brigadier Darius van der Ross, a provincial head of inspectorate, Brigadier Kolindren Govender and his wife, Bellville station commander Brigadier Sharon Govender.
They are accused of accepting bribes from businessman Mohamed Saleem Dawjee.
The corruption and racketeering case is to be heard in the Western Cape High Court. On December 30, 2013, then national police commissioner Riah Phiyega announced all police officers acting in a post that had been vacant for more than two years would be permanently appointed.