Hawks spokesman fired – report

2013-05-16 08:50

Former Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela has been fired.

“The officer was dismissed on March 27 2013, and the internal appeals authority confirmed the same,” Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa reportedly said in a written response to a question from the Democratic Alliance in Parliament this week, The Star newspaper reported today.

“The officer was paid R323 238.41 during the period he was on suspension,” Mthethwa said, according to the report.

Polela declined to comment.

He was suspended last year, apparently after he tweeted in October: “I trust Jub Jub’s supporters gave him a jar of vaseline to take to prison.”

He was commenting after the conviction of Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala for murdering four schoolchildren and attempting to murder two others while drag racing in a street in Soweto in March 2010.

They were each sentenced to serve an effective 25 years in prison.

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