Although it has taken time for some high-profile officials who participated in allegations of wrongdoing at the height of the state capture project to be served with suspension notices, President Cyril Ramaphosa's corruption busting crusade appears to be reaching its critical point after another senior official was served with suspension notice this evening.
Kehla Sitole, the Commissioner General of the South African Police Services (SAPS), has faced a slew of charges involving his actions on a variety of problems.
The most serious allegations are his role in the rumored attempt to purchase a 'grabber,' which the Police's Crime Intelligence unit planned to employ to enter the hotly fought ANC elective conference in Nasrec in 2017, presumably at the request of then-former President Jacob Zuma.
For more than three years, Gen. Sitole, Francinah Vuma, and Lebeoana Tsumani have had a dark cloud hanging over their heads due to their refusal to grant the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) access to documents relating to the attempted unlawful purchase of the 'grabber' at an inflated price ahead of that particular conference.
In January of this year, a Gauteng High Court judge found that Sitole had failed his duty by refusing to enable IPID to conduct an inquiry into the case.
General Sitole took his case all the way to the Supreme Court of Appeal, but he was soundly defeated, with the SCA declaring that he had flagrantly disregarded his constitutional duties.
After that decision, it seemed as if Sitole would be unable to persuade anyone to believe in his leadership of the police force.
President Ramaphosa wrote him a letter a few months ago, asking why he should not be dismissed, and it appears that Sitole failed to persuade him otherwise, as reports indicate that he has been served with a notice of suspension and given seven market days to answer.
Sitole was not without blame, since he failed miserably to prevent the mayhem and looting that overtook the country in the aftermath of Zuma's arrest in July.
Furthermore, his relationship with Police Minister Bheki Cele was believed to have hit rock bottom, as the two had irreconcilable disputes about police functionaries, and while it is unclear what would happen in the near future, one can be certain that his days in office are numbered.
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