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CONFIRMED | Cyril Suspends Top Cop

According to eNCA, National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole has been served with a notice of intention to suspend.

Sitole is said to have received a letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa last week, requesting representations as to why he should not be suspended, with sources claiming the letter arrived on Monday.

Sitole was found to have intentionally obstructed a number of IPID investigations into corrupt procurement transactions inside the Crime Intelligence environment, in violation of the Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID) Act.

According to insiders, Sitole was given a week to react, with his arguments due to the president by Monday. Brigadier Vish Naidoo, a police spokesperson, said earlier this week that contact between the president and the national commissioner was "protected," and that he couldn't speak further.

Tyrone Seale, a spokeswoman for the White House, told News24 that he had no comment when asked. The high court ruled in January that Sitole and two of his lieutenants, Francinah Vuma and Leonard Tsumane, "breached their obligations" by refusing to cooperate with IPID, which was investigating a series of shady deals.

The court also ordered that all of IPID's evidence be declassified and turned over promptly. The NPA's Investigating Directorate had earlier announced that IPID had handed over the reins to the NPA's Investigating Directorate.

Sitole, Vuma, and Tsumane have petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal's judge president to hear their request to overturn only one aspect of the court's decision – that they had violated Section 33 of the IPID Act, which requires every police officer or woman to fully cooperate with any investigation by the cop watchdog.

In November 2016, when he was opaquely appointed by former president Jacob Zuma, Khehla Sitole became the first career police officer to occupy the reputationally battered top job since Nelson Mandela appointed George Fivaz in 1995 as democratic South Africa’s first National Commissioner.

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