Top cops have 7 days to respond to suspension notices

Nobubele Mbekela & Solomon Makgale have come under fire for public statements in defence of Riah Phiyega.

FILE. National Police Spokesperson Solomon Makgale. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Two senior police officers have seven days to respond to notices of intention to suspend them.

Deputy Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Nobubele Mbekela and National Police Spokesperson Solomon Makgale were served with the notices on Tuesday.

Both have come under fire for public statements in defence of embattled National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

Phiyega is currently on suspension and is set to face an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

The police won't say why the two generals were served with the notices, but it's believed to be related to public utterances made in Phiyega's defence.

In August, Mbekela told Talk Radio 702 that she and the other deputy commissioners unconditionally supported the embattled general.

Makgale was grilled by Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee for issuing statements defending the commissioner.

Both have seven days to respond to the notices.

They're expected to challenge the process and will probably suggest that their suspensions are politically motivated as they're loyal to Phiyega.