Sacking of Khehla Sitole is not in the best interest of the country: SAPU

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The South African Police Union (SAPU) says that it does not believe that letting go of Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole is in the best interest of the country, but says that the manner in which he was relieved of his duty shows political interest.
Sitole’s sacking comes a week after President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), said there would be leadership changes within the security cluster.

SAPU’s National Spokesperson Lesiba Thobakgale says they had requested the President’s intervention on the matter relating to the National Police Commissioner and Police Minister.

In the video below, DA MP and spokesperson on police Andrew Whitfield and Lesiba Thobakgale, South African Policing Union spokesperson discuss Sitole’s departure:

“The National Commissioner remains to be a political casualty, we were expecting for the National Commissioner to clearly account to what happened in the operations of SAPS, and the minister is left to be in the position, whereas he’s part of the problem. We are saying that the Minister should go, that has been our position for too long, because we saw his political interference in the duties of the National Commissioner, whereas the National Commissioner is the operational commander.”

National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole will leave his post at the end of March: