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Reports of more drama in SA’s Police Service

The City Press says acting chief Kgomotso Phahlane is looking to suspend Lesetja Mothiba amongst others.

South African Police Service flag. Picture: SAPS

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service (Saps) appears to be headed for another rocky period with reports of more senior officials in the firing line.

According to the City Press newspaper, acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane is looking to suspend or move Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba and his KwaZulu-Natal counterpart Mmamonnye Ngobeni - amongst others.

This comes days after the suspensions of Deputy Police Commissioner Nobubele Mbekela and Saps spokesperson Solomon Makgale.

The City Press says it has spoken to three high ranking officials who claim several top cops are now in the firing line.

According to the paper and its sources, members of the service who were close to suspended National Commissioner Riah Phiyega are now being targeted, with a number of them allegedly being frustrated or simply redeployed.

One of those affected by the shift is former acting Crime Intelligence divisional head Bongiwe Zulu, who has reportedly been moved to the less powerful position of head of police research.

The newspaper says it has seen the letter Phahlane wrote to Zulu notifying her to leave her office by Monday.