Pretoria - The head of the crime prevention unit at Tshwane Metro Police Department, Estresia “Trish” Armstrong, has been suspended, allegedly on two charges of policy violation.
Community Safety MMC Derrick Kissoonduth confirmed the suspension effected by city manager Moeketsi Mosola, but couldn’t immediately specify the nature of charges against her. “The matter is in the hand of the prosecuting team,” he said.
Kissoonduth said Armstrong was served with a suspension letter valid for three months with full pay.
The Pretoria News reported last month that Armstrong was implicated in a forensic report claiming she misrepresented her qualifications three years ago.
The 2014 forensic report by the city’s Group Audit and Risk Department found she used a fraudulent metro police diploma to register with the Transport Department as a traffic officer.
Tshilidzi Tsedu, a shop steward at the SA Municipal Workers’ Union, had requested a forensic investigation to establish the validity of information in Armstrong’s CV.
Armstrong had applied to be a director in the metro police, which required her to be a metro police officer, police officer or a traffic officer.
She also claimed she was a metro police chief in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. This was found to be untrue.
The report recommended legal action against her and that R1.2million she earned between May 2013 and September 2014 be recovered.