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Claims of turf war among police top brass

The relationship between the National Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and his deputy Fikile...

From left: Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, President Jacob Zuma, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and new National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

The relationship between the National Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and his deputy Fikile Mbalula is reported to have rapidly deteriorated. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

The Sunday Independent reports that Mbalula was blocked from attending a media conference at the National Press Club this week.

The paper says Mthethwa demanded that Police Commissioner Bheki Cele attend the event in what appears to be a battle over publicity.

Reports surfaced a few weeks ago of tensions between Mthethwa, Mbalula and Cele.

However, these claims were blamed on evil forces within the police.

The press club has confirmed that the meeting was cancelled.