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Cops can engage Mthethwa on 'hit list'

The Police Ministry says Nathi Mthethwa is willing to discuss the alleged hit list with concerned officers.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: GCIS/SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Police Ministry says any disgruntled police generals whose names appear on the disputed 'hit list' are welcome to approach minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Reports today suggest several of the generals have accused Mthethwa of jumping the gun in announcing that the list was nothing but 'hot air'.

The existence of the list was first revealed by former police chief Bheki Cele, who mentioned it while speaking at a funeral of one of the senior policemen whose name allegedly appeared on it.

Layton 'Sean' Tshabalala was found dead in his office at the SAPS headquarters in Pretoria on Christmas Eve.

He was allegedly in the hit list which was apparently designed to oust and disgrace certain high ranking officers.

The ministry's Zweli Mnisi says they consider the matter to be closed, but will never turn away new information.

"If any of the generals have anything to share with the minister, we can communicate with them. Our doors are wide open and we will welcome any engagement. But to get this via the media is a bit surprising. We invite them to phone the minister and he will happily engage with them."