Cape Town - The City of Cape Town says a high-ranking metro police officer seeking redress from the Equality Court after alleged harassment by a female colleague is a calculated liar, The Times reported on Tuesday.
Richard Bosman, the city's executive director of safety and security, said the officer had been at loggerheads with the female officer - who was acting as senior superintendent at the time - about overtime pay.
He said things reached a tipping point during a meeting in July.
“The meeting continued for several hours when suddenly (the male officer told his female colleague) that he had previously thought of filing sexual harassment charges against her,” Bosman said in court papers.
He said there was no basis for the officer's complaint and the court would be asked to dismiss the case with costs.
The case would be heard on January 8.
The 39-year-old superintendent accused the city of failing to protect him from the officer, of the same rank, who allegedly made sexually provocative remarks and once stroked his thigh.
The man reportedly said he launched the legal action as a last resort after his managers did not take his complaints seriously. - Sapa