President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote to Sitole following claims that the commissioner had thwarted a Crime Intelligence section investigation into shady procurement agreements. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate was in charge of the inquiry.
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"The concerns emanating from the high court judgment are severe," Ramaphosa said, adding that an investigation into Sitole's alleged misbehavior and fitness to hold office is now underway.
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“The public interest in the integrity of the office of the national commissioner justifies this,” Ramaphosa stated.
In his letter to Sitole, the president explained the situation and allowed the commissioner two weeks to react. Sithole has since submitted representations, and "future engagement on this topic will be between the president and the national commissioner," according to the president and the national commissioner.
The pending suspension of Sitole, according to the civil rights organization Action Society, is "reckless."
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