The Independent Policing Union of South Africa (IPUSA) has called on the immediate suspension of Police General Khehla Sitole, pending the inquiry into his misconduct.
“Policing in this country has been paralyzed due to National commissioner’s conduct. Discipline demands that he account to executive authority responsible for policing on behalf of the president,” General secretary Mpho Kwinika said.
The call for Sithole’s suspension comes after National Police Minister Bheki Cele’s damning letter, demanding that Sithole retracts the illegal appointments of senior managers in the police service.
“Sithole’s conduct of defiance and gross insubordination is unbecoming and deserves to be investigated. The police are no longer known for fighting crime but political battles,” Kwinika said.
Adding that, “to save this department, the president MUST suspend the national police commissioner, to look into his conduct and decide whether he’s fit to hold this high office.”
“Ipusa does not see anything wrong with this, as it happens every day in the service with junior officers and the beat goes on!” Kwinika stated.
He concluded that, the relationship between the minister and the national commissioner ‘has irretrievably broken down and his suspension must happen with immediate effect. He is not a law unto himself.’
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