Khehla Sitole says he won't bow to political pressure

Newly appointed National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole has been responding to questions during his first briefing in Pretoria, just a day after President Jacob Zuma announced his appointment.

FILE: General Khehla John Sitole. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA – Newly appointed National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole says he will defend the integrity of the police and will not bow to political pressure.

The general has been responding to questions during his first briefing in Pretoria, just a day after President Jacob Zuma announced his appointment.

Sitole is a career police officer with more than two decades of experience and is the former head of the Security and Protection Services.

Sitole says both his and the minister’s roles are defined in law.

“And these are two roles that have got no confusion.”

Sitole says he will reject unlawful instruction from the minister and says he will avoid such situations arising by ensuring his political head is well-informed.

“if I become proactive and orientate the minister and also say to the minister if I put this particular operational policy in place, this is your place minister.”

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, meanwhile, says he’s very happy he gets to work with a career police officer to tackle crime.