Police commissioner Khehla Sitole Reportedly On Suspension Notice
National police commissioner Khehla Sitole has been served with a notice of intention to suspend, according to reports.
It is understood that Sitole received a letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa last week, asking for representations as to why he should not be suspended.
The news of Sitole’s purported suspension was first revealed by a television channel last night.
According to sources, Sitole was found to have purposefully delayed a number of Ipid investigations into fraudulent procurement agreements inside the Crime Intelligence environment, in violation of the Independent Police Investigating Directorate (Ipid) Act.
SAPS and Ipid have yet to reply to requests for comment or confirmation of the suspension.
His impending suspension is thought to be tied to an R45 million “Nasrec grabber” inquiry.
The national commissioner and two other top SAPS officers were denied leave to appeal an earlier decision involving the declassification of records earlier this year.
In January, Judge Norman Davis ordered the police to hand over several secret documents to the Ipid for the purpose of investigating suspected tender fraud and corruption within police ranks.
Sitole, as well as Lieutenant-Generals Francinah Vuma and Lebeona Tshumane, had breached their duty by failing to provide Ipid with information and records relevant to their investigation into the alleged fraud and corruption, according to Judge Davis. The ruling was contested by the three top cops.
Ipid, which has been waiting for these documents for more than three years, and the SAPS have been fighting in court over top police management’s refusal to hand over the “highly secret” data.
Due to the ongoing court battle, the result is Ipid still has not received the documents to enable them to start the investigation.
Sitole and the others maintain the documents were classified and should not be made available to Ipid.
The cops insist that the records in question be “declassified” first, which they say should be done by submitting a request to the chairperson of Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence. However, the judge ruled that this argument was legally flawed and that the police were violating their legal obligations.