The ruling comes after Major-General Sandra Malebe-Thema made racist and humiliating remarks towards various training personnel during an event at the SAPS Training Academy in Oudtshoorn in 2016. She complained that there were \u201ctoo many white faces\u201d and also insinuated that they were fat.\n\n\n\nTrade union Solidarity, who pushed for the disciplinary hearing and also took the mater to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Labour Court, praised the ruling. \n\n\n\nAdvocate Sumayya Tilly, who chaired the disciplinary hearing of Malebe-Thema, recommended her dismissal following the general\u2019s conviction on three charges of serious misconduct. Malebe-Themba was the component head of basic police development in the human resources development division of the police when she made \u201cdiscriminatory, derogatory, improper, unacceptable and inappropriate\u201d remarks regarding race and \u201cdisparaging, insulting, humiliating and divisive\u201d remarks about the weight of a selected group of staff at an SAPS Training Academy. \n\n\n\nAccording to Anton van der Bijl, Head of Legal Service at Solidarity, Malebe-Themba not only made herself guilty of racist and humiliating remarks but also vowed to stop \u201cso-called discrimination against black students.\u201d \n\n\n\nThe trade union acted immediately by submitting a formal complaint to the HRC in Cape Town in November 2016. Solidarity maintained the pressure by turning to the Labour Court in May 2017, forcing the SAPS to launch an internal investigation against Malebe-Thema. \n\n\n\nVan der Bijl says the sanction found that Malebe-Thema didn\u2019t show any remorse for her behaviour and that she kept arguing that she didn\u2019t do anything wrong throughout the investigation. Furthermore, it was found that the General\u2019s selective remarks caused emotional harm to the staff members involved, which had a negative impact on their work and personal lives. In view of this, it was found that Major-General Malebe-Thema should be dismissed with immediate effect. \n\n\n\nAccording to Van der Bijl this matter is one of the rare occasions where justice triumphed in a situation where a black person was blatantly racist towards white people. \u201cWe are delighted with the outcome, since a lot of time and effort was spent by Solidarity to ensure that the SAPS fulfils its obligation to act upon these matters. I believe this will be a lesson for South Africa, that racism isn\u2019t colour blind,\u201d Van der Bijl concluded.