South Africa: Caught in SAPS Factional Crossfire, Brigadier Sonja Harri Finally Gets a Hearing


While a senior SAPS officer who instituted disciplinary proceedings against the Western Cape Cape's highest-ranking female police officer, Brigadier Sonja Harri, head of the Family Chid and Sexual Offences, has come and gone, Harri is still left dealing with the fallout.

SAPS Brigadier Sonja Harri, who has been instrumental in solving several high-profile sexual offences, including the brutal murder of Anene Booysen in 2013, will finally face charges of misconduct on 26 September 2019.

Daily Maverick has reliably learned that senior officers from outside the Western Cape have been appointed to hear the matter, which has dragged on for more than two years. Harri has more than 30 years' experience and is considered one of the finest detectives in the region when it comes to solving sexual assault, rape and murder cases.

This is happening in a province which has one of the highest rates of rape, sexual assault and murder and which is considered to be the second-most dangerous province for women.

Earlier, Harri, wrote in desperation to Minister of Police Bheki Cele, the national commissioner of police, the provincial commissioner as well as Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police setting out that she had been a "victim of a...

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