Presidency, SAPS tight-lipped over Khehla Sitole suspension reports

President Cyril Ramaphosa has reportedly asked the country's top cop to explain why he should not be sanctioned.

National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla Sitole. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - A wall of silence has been built around reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has served National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole with a letter notifying him of his intention to suspend him.

Ramaphosa has reportedly asked the country's top cop to explain why he should not be sanctioned.

When Eyewitness News reached out for clarity, the president's spokesperson Tyrone Seale had this to say: "We've noted media reports but we have no comment on this matter."

Sitole's personal assistant told Eyewitness News that the commissioner would not be able to comment on the suspension reports for now, adding that he was currently at work, attending a workshop that was closed to the media.

Questions were referred back to national police spokesperson, Vish Naidoo, who said that he could neither confirm nor deny reports that Sitole had been served with this letter.

He was asked when there might be clarity but Naidoo simply replied "never".

Sitole was found to have breached his duties as a police officer, in terms of the Independent Police Investigating Directorate Act.

It is believed that he deliberately frustrated a string of watchdog investigations into corrupt procurement deals within Crime Intelligence.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid)'s executive director, Jennifer Ntlatseng, has also referred all questions back to the Presidency, while police union Popcru said that they would be meeting on Thursday morning to get more information and facts.

It's still unclear why no one involved is willing to talk.

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