Loonat suspended from CPB
WC Community Police Board's Hanif Loonat has been suspended for alleged misconduct.
CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness News has learnt that Western Cape police top brass have suspended the Chair of the Provincial Community Police Board, Hanif Loonat.
Last month South African Police Service (Saps) management reportedly sent Loonat a notice of possible suspension for alleged misconduct.
Another letter was sent to Loonat a week ago confirming his suspension.
Eyewitness News is in possession of the documents spelling out Loonat's suspension.
An official document signed by Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer claims that Loonat tarnished the police's reputation by making allegations about the Athlone Police Station.
Loonat was being quoted in two national newspapers in April and May.
Further documents however state Loonat was misquoted in one of the articles.
Lamoer said a probe into the matter is currently underway.
"This investigation is ongoing. We don't want to go out in the media and discuss the matters of this investigation."
Meanwhile, the Western Cape Community Safety Department's Greg Wagner said, "The Community Police Forum (CPF) has a very important role to play in terms of policing oversight in communities. They also give communities a platform to raise any concerns that they may have."
He added that CPF officials have a duty to highlight problems within the Saps.
"Any wrongdoing in the police service needs to be identified so it can be addressed by either senior police management or by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). If CPF officials are aware of any problems within the Saps, they have a duty to report it."
Loonat says will continue his war on crime.
He says he feels unfairly treated for speaking up when officials do not perform their duties.
"It is unfortunate that I have been taken to task for speaking my mind."
The Provincial Police Commissioner says he expects the investigation to be wrapped up in three weeks, while Loonat says he is prepared to head to court to fight his suspension.