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Loonat wants to leave 'honourably'

Hanif Loonat says he can no longer work with the police and will resign without a fuss.

Provincial Chairman of the Western Cape Community Police Forum Hanif Loonat. Picture: Facebook/Douglas Wagenstroom

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape's suspended Community Police Board chairman Hanif Loonat said on Tuesday he will step down without a fuss.

He said he was disillusioned with the non-cooperation of police management.

Eyewitness News obtained documents detailing Loonat's suspension for alleged misconduct earlier this year.

The allegation relates to Loonat speaking to two national publications about shoddy police services to the Athlone community.

The suspension letter signed by Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer states that Loonat tarnished the police's image.

On Tuesday, Lamoer confirmed an investigation into this incident is currently underway and will be finalised by the end of July.

However Loonat has said he will go without making an issue about the matter.

"I need to leave honourably. It's irrevocable. I cannot see that I will be working together with the police in the Western Cape. With that in mind, I've decided that I will resign."

Meanwhile, Lamoer admitted the Community Policing Forums in Western Cape communities are essential partners in combating crime and the suspension involves other confidential issues.

"It relates to a lot of things within the police board. There are divisions in the police board."