Hawks spokesperson Polela suspended

2012-11-08 08:34

Johannesburg - Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela has been suspended three weeks after making a controversial reference to prison rape on Twitter, police said on Thursday.

"He has been suspended. We won't discuss details. It is a purely internal matter," said Brigadier Phuti Setati.

He referred all Hawks media inquiries to the SA Police Service media centre.

Setati would not comment on a report in Beeld newspaper that Polela's suspension was the direct result of his tweet in October about kwaito star Molemo Jub Jub Maarohanye, after he was convicted of murder.

"JubJub spending 1st nite in prison. Bail has been denied after being found guilty of murder, attempted murder & racing while high," Polela tweeted shortly after judgment was handed down by the Protea Magistrate's Court.

"I trust that JubJub's supporters gave him a jar of Vaseline to take to prison," Polela posted.


Several users commented on this tweet. One asked: "Really? Rape jokes from the police spokesman?" and another: "Coming from a officer of the court that is low! Scrapping at the bottom of the barrel for comments now are we?"

Polela later apologised for the remark, also via Twitter: "My tweet about Jub Jub on Tuesday nite [sic] was in poor taste. I profoundly regret posting [it] and hereby retract it. Je suis desole [I'm sorry]."

Shortly after the initial tweets, fast food franchise Nando's ran an advert poking fun at him.

"Next time you're thinking about tweeting, do yourself (and your followers) a favour and come to Nando's instead. Unlike your jokes, our flame-grilled Peri-Peri chicken is always tasteful."

On Tuesday, a Twitter user asked Polela why he was not commenting on the latest Hawks' raid.

"I'm writing exams from the 19th. At home studying and trying not to care about what's happening in the universe," he replied.

Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala were found guilty of four counts of murder, two of attempted murder, using drugs, racing on a public road, and driving under the influence of drugs.

They were drag-racing in Protea North on March 8, 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolboys. Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi, Andile Mthombeni and Phomello Masemola were killed. Frank Mlambo and Fumani Mushwana were seriously injured.

On Wednesday, the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg rejected an appeal by Maarohanye against the revoking of his bail. Sentencing is scheduled to take place on November 30.

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-11-08 08:43

    The comment was in bad taste, but I will forgive him, and he did apologize. See you in 3 weeks McIntosh!

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-11-08 09:09

      I like the guy and his reference to a present or forthcoming guest of the correctional services department being introduced to some its inmates more intimate social graces is at least true. Which is unlike practically anything else said by a government spokesperson. Please pay attention to the vigourous efforts of said department to do anything about stopping the practices referred to by Polela. Surely that is criminal negligence? Everyone knows it goes on, so what we're doing by sanctioning this guy (whatever his position or role may be) is saying "for goodness sake, man, don't mention the pink elephant". This is, as usual, taking 'political correctness' (an oxymoron if there ever was one, certainly in SA) to absurd levels. Next we'll have any and all people being sanctioned for stating the obvious just because it makes people uncomfortable.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-08 09:11

      I must say, the day I saw the tweet, I blogged that it was in bad taste, and I was shocked at his attitude...I said " he was getting to big for his boots"......sjoe.....soooory McIntosh, you will be back soon tho, bad luck....

      art5SA - 2012-11-08 09:16

      Let's get ONE THING STRAIGHT... Polela is NOT A POLICEMAN and will NEVER BE SEEN AS ONE... EITHER!!! He has not done the BASIC TRAINING, nor served at a charge office, EVER!!! Apparently he has been given the rank of Colonel... but as EVERYONE in SA knows... the "POLICE FARCE" has become an INTERNATIONAL JOKE... much like it's President!!!!!!

      UncleShep - 2012-11-08 09:20

      Hey fanie.viljoen.73.....did they say he been suspended for three weeks or he been suspended three weeks after his tweet....what ya mean you will see him in three weeks?

      LutherKingsley - 2012-11-08 09:32

      I dont have any problems with him, there are others who did far worse including your president

      richard.hipkin - 2012-11-08 09:32

      Thanks art for shouting at us...

      art5SA - 2012-11-08 09:36

      Some people... EH!

      daniel.jacobs.3766 - 2012-11-08 11:21

      An insult to an inmate is an insult to their ex-mates who now run the country.

      boipelo.mmekwa - 2012-11-08 15:19

      MJ case was reopened after that documentary he had going on,model lost her sponsors over tweeter etc etc,I think the lesson to be learned here is keep whats in your mind in your mind.WE all guilty of thinking nonsense at some point

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-08 08:45

    Oh not another suspension with full pay and how long is this inquiry going to take a year maybe????

      sizwe - 2012-11-08 08:56

      You non-reading bat. why are you crying over a three week suspension? people I know take leave for loner than that... And where did you see that there was going to be an inquiry? I bet you didn't even read this article fully. You just saw "suspended" and you fingers couldn't help themselves right?

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-08 09:00

      Oh my goodness you right I didn't read it properly my apologies didn't have my glasses on I'm such a silly old bat lol!!

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-08 09:07

      I read too that he is suspended 3 weeks after he made the comment not suspended for 3 weeks so that's why I wondered how long he would be suspended for!!

      DraganTrenk - 2012-11-08 12:45

      FREEDOM OF SPEECH,my ass.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-08 13:14

      s1zwe - I would say you are the non-reading (sic) bat. It doesn't say he has been suspended for three weeks. It says he has been suspended three weeks after making the comments. Don't worry about Terrylee's fingers when you have your foot in your mouth.

  • patrick.mbense - 2012-11-08 08:47

    Amazing how we always suspend the 1 person who is doing a good job in combatting crime!! Stuff Jub Jub!! he must take Vaseline to prison. Hes destroyed 4 families with his sill Gangsta wannabe, drug induced drag racing!!

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-08 08:57

      My sentiment exactly,yes the comment was in bad taste,he apologized cant we just move on please there are far more pressing issues in the country right now then checking that people are being PC.

      bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-11-08 09:18

      You will be suspended do refer to" vaseline to prison"

      richard.hipkin - 2012-11-08 09:33

      We sooooo quick to suspend policemen or law officials but NEVER any politicians...

      Sam - 2012-11-08 20:47

      Mr Polela, I am sorry the SA public are so quick to criticise. How quickly they forget what a great job you have done for the Hawks. I believe this is a political move to get you out of corrupt officials' affairs. I agree with your comment - such people deserve what they get in jail (and I am sure most of your critics secretly agree too). I wish you all the best for your exams and for the fickle public to forget this matter.

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-11-08 08:47

    What abt their TV adverts papa wag vir jou, to do what? I'm with u polela hope ur back @ ur post soon good luck.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-08 08:58

      Those TV ads glorify law-breaking and are symptomatic of a morally-failed society.

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-08 09:01

      No matter what the subject did and how we feel about it, there things that a spokesperson in a public office just cannot say. We should discourage anarchy at all costs. Supporting that comment is almost the same as supporting mob justice.

      joy.mkunqwana.9 - 2012-11-08 15:12

      Exactly,Nketso. Papa wag vir jou, to do what? McIntosh was probably irritated by these thugs as much as we still are. Selective hearing in SA is a problem.

      Sam - 2012-11-08 20:48

      Boycott Nando's!

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-08 08:49

    Although an irresponsible tweet, how do you suspend a senior officer because of that? There are may more jokes regarding gays going around. This is a sign of the en times prophesied in Scriptures: ...everything that is right will be wrong and everything wrong will be right. The truth does not prevail any more due to the satanic influence of liberalism and the so-called "human rights", where "anything goes", as long as it "feels good". But a time will come where we all will be judged, and when these demonic philosophies will get you nowhere!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-08 08:58


      art5SA - 2012-11-08 09:19

      Senior Officer???? Which planet you from? He was a FIELD REPORTER for ETV News, prior to his job in the Police FARCE!!!

  • sizwe - 2012-11-08 08:53

    What a bunch of cr@p... This better not be over that tweet. That would be the dumbest reason I have EVER heard for suspending someone...

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-11-08 08:56

    Shocking that someone with so high a rank in the police can be so callously casual about very serious sex-crimes taking place when someone is in the custody of the law. You are sent to jail AS punishment not FOR punishment. Every raw police or corrections recruit ought to know this by heart. McIntosh deserves to be demoted to constable.

      John - 2012-11-08 09:42

      Are you surprised? I notice that the majority of commentors SUPPORT unconstitutional illegal bullying THUG behaviour on the part of the various police forces which have lost sight of the fact that they are PEACE OFFICERS mandated to PROTECT the LIVES and PRIVATE PROPERTY of every man and woman in OUR country! This is the SERVICE that WE the PEOPLE require of OUR SERVANT government!

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-08 11:13

      @ blip.noodlum -If i was president i would make sure people are sent to jail not AS punishment but FOR the purpose of torture, I would make the conditions there unbearable just as the criminals do to innocent law abiding citizens.

      DraganTrenk - 2012-11-08 12:50

      Blip...You are plain hypocrite.Leave Polela alone,he is a good chap,altough his tweet was very stupid public display.

  • diane.g.johnston - 2012-11-08 08:58

    Don`t you dare suspend McIntosh, he`s our favourite

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-11-08 09:01

    McIntosh Polela gets suspended because of a tweet on twitter, but rapists and murdurers wander around our strees? Somebody should get their priorities in order. Jub-Jub killed 4 beautiful children who had their whole lives in front of them. This SOB doesn't deserve any consideration and I hope he spends many, many, many years locked up behind bars. A framed photograph of each child should be put in his cell so that it's the last thing he sees at night and the first thing he sees in the morning.

  • pahath.moab - 2012-11-08 09:02

    So Vaseline is only used for anal sex then! Get real!

  • antionette.leroux - 2012-11-08 09:03

    WHAT????????? Suspend the government officials that steal, lie, cheat and defraud - this makes no sense at all ...... ??????

  • carl.debeer.52 - 2012-11-08 09:06

    Utter rubbish, Jub Jub is in prison and while in bad taste most of us have watched Ross Kemp and South African prisons. This always happens when a good cop becomes to good...WTF!

      Dam0Bradshaw - 2012-11-08 09:16

      well said Carl

  • nicky.hosking.7 - 2012-11-08 09:07

    SHOCKING!!!!!!!! What happened to "freedom of speech"

      kgolane.thulare - 2012-11-08 09:43

      With every right, comes responsibilty.

  • georgi.mcguire - 2012-11-08 09:08

    Morale of the story – Think before you twit

      art5SA - 2012-11-08 09:21


  • phil.steel.12 - 2012-11-08 09:12

    Mr Polela is a good man and very good at his job, I think we should give him a break! Jub Jub on the other hand will get exactly what he deserves.

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-11-08 09:13

    Happy holiday Polela.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-08 09:17

    3 Weeks! That's a tough punishment for a joke for which he already apologised. And if it was not meant as a joke, it probably was very good advice.

  • sandra.blignault - 2012-11-08 09:17

    It is sooo sad to suspend such a great police officer for utter rubbish and, after he apologised!!!

  • aspruyt - 2012-11-08 09:18

    His comment was hilarious and anyone who thinks otherwise should remove the stick lodged up their asses. Naive and humorless dead beats! I hope you do well Mr. Polela!

      DraganTrenk - 2012-11-08 12:51


  • John - 2012-11-08 09:20

    Do the thug force consider themselves an autonomous body NOT answerable to the PEOPLE who are their MASTER? They are public SERVANTS answerable to their MASTER ! This includes every public SERVANT from labourer to the PRESIDENT!!!!

      Sam - 2012-11-08 20:54

      John, you have issues.

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-11-08 09:20

    I think we all know the use of vaseline and Pholela at no stage refer to rape or anything to it. By the way it is true that the is high rate of rape in prison. Why do we shay away from the truth?

      art5SA - 2012-11-08 09:40

      You mean "SHY"?

  • harley.mills.129 - 2012-11-08 09:22

    You say what you want Mac! I support you! Tell those clowns that the Vaseline is for moisturizing purposes - what were their sick minds thinking of.

  • UncleShep - 2012-11-08 09:23

    Guys ....the guy been suspended three weeks AFTER HIS TWEET, not for three properly and understand.....No details of the suspension given in the article......

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-08 09:54

      Thank you gladlad I read that too i wish you could read the reply to my comment its hilarious!!

      UncleShep - 2012-11-08 10:26

      read it, hilarious indeed......

  • chris.pieterse.73 - 2012-11-08 09:24

    We all make mistakes. OK, it was stupid to say what he did, but he appologised and let the matter rest!

  • craig.decks - 2012-11-08 09:25

    I think we are all missing the bigger picture here . It has nothing to do with his tweet at all .. This is a ploy to rid him of his position. He has always been outspoken against the cANCer and corruption testament to that where his statements on carte blanche a month or so ago. The cANCer will find any way to 'silence' their critics and this is purely another sad example thereof ! For goodness sakes this jub jub is a convicted murderer and we are worried about mcintosh polela wishing him some good 'back door lovin' ?? Get real people ! Mcintosh Polela for President!!!

      DraganTrenk - 2012-11-08 12:54

      Polela for the CHIEF SPOKSPERSON!!!

  • judy.molo - 2012-11-08 09:28

    do people ever say anything with out puting presidents name.

      Sam - 2012-11-08 20:57

      Judy - if you hadn't noticed, JZ's hands are in everything bad!

  • namudi.makola.3 - 2012-11-08 09:30

    Rightly so

  • mpho.e.mogashui - 2012-11-08 09:31

    ooooops and the winner is the key_bored and social networking... life was easy back then u had an opinion/joke i kept it to urself lol.

  • luyolo.c.nqakula - 2012-11-08 09:32

    Its about time

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-08 09:38

      fully agree

      Sam - 2012-11-08 20:58

      Brainwashed twits

  • charles.mmakola - 2012-11-08 09:35

    This is strange considering that at some point Government, through the Department of Transport, ran a TV advert portraying a prisoner suggesting violence and rape if you arrested for a traffic offence.

  • michael.hogg.9083 - 2012-11-08 09:43

    There MUST be more to this than meets the eye. He could not have been suspended just for those comments. Otherwise the police force's public image has just gone past rock bottom where it has been sitting for a while now. C'mon. Tell us he did something really bad to deserve being suspended!

  • Habofanoe - 2012-11-08 09:45

    Well he surely needs a box of tissues\r\n*SMH*

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-11-08 09:46

    I think the government might be worried that he breached a confidentiality clause for a man in his position. They suspect he might leak sensitive information having shown his penchant for social media weakness.

  • herman.vandenberg1 - 2012-11-08 09:48

    I wonder if he would have been sentenced to life in prison, had he committed fraud? :D

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-08 09:55

    Bloody coconut , he's got his father's genes fighting to take control over him .

      thokozani.mhlongonjoms - 2012-11-09 14:38

      Oh come on...this is the most intelligent comment you could make?

  • piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-08 09:58

    We should remember that freedom(of speech), comes with responsibilities. If you are a spokesperson of a any institution, everything you say may be viewed as that of your institution. His response to the media showed arrogance puls its not the first time he put his foot in it, he made a stupid comment when Selebi was released on medical parole. Maybe we should not jump into finding a political conspiracy theory where there is none. That is why the likes of Jimmy Manyi are no longer spokespersons. It seems government can no longer make business decisions, its always viewed as political, as much as I disagree with them in a lot of things, I think we should get real sometimes.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-11-08 10:07

    Iyhaaaa nhee!!!

  • mapetsula - 2012-11-08 10:09

    This hawk I guess is 1 of ths cops who used buy prisnors to kill n rape each other in jail. he knws wht he is talking .

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-11-08 10:29

    Even if Polela is suspended dat doesn't stop Jub jub from running out Vaseline in prison surely he need one as prisoners are not given sum..When is Zuma getting suspend from misusing public funds?

  • mari.theologo - 2012-11-08 10:40

    He made a mistake he didn't commit a crime he is paying for it let it go already!

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-11-08 11:10

    That is a good news he thought dat he is untochable.

  • Khomotso - 2012-11-08 11:23

    People should realy be careful about what they tweet.

  • ranase - 2012-11-08 12:21

    wow whities seem to be defending Tosh. is it because he speaks like you? *lol just kidding or not*

      Sam - 2012-11-08 21:00

      Racist fool!

  • sipho.gumede.58 - 2012-11-08 13:44

    What I do not understand is that in a government advert on drunken driving, the fact of prison rape is used as a deterent. Then it is ok. In any case. Regard it as part of the sentence for being stupid.

  • aubrey.christie - 2012-11-08 14:13

    We really are becoming a nanny country are we not. Who will be standing in for him while he is suspended,this is really a joke. A farmer was brutally attacked in Greytown this does not even make the head line news. I'm afraid this world has become bloody crazy.

  • flysouth - 2012-11-08 14:22

    Polela is one of the few who really cares about his job and about making a difference - I have heard him interviewed in depth and this comes across very strongly - he does not view criminals who kill and maim as merely 'part of the job'! He is like a dedicated hunter who will not let his quarry escape. We need more like him. This punishment is ridiculously disproportionate given that those who are in prison for heinous crimes deserve no respect and little consideration from anyone!

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-11-08 15:48

    This bloody political appointee forgot that he sighned the confidential clause that bind his @ss nt to comment about Certain work related issues with public:::ONE:::

  • Andrew - 2012-11-08 18:00

    Fire the bastard!

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-11-08 20:08

    GOOD riddance just hope he is suspended without pay.

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-11-08 21:09

    Polela he's a funny man. \I trust that jub jubs supporters gave him the a jar of vaseline to take to prison.\ He said. Is like he said he trust that jub jubs supporters gave him the candle to prepared his ass for prison.