Hawks can't confirm or deny move to suspend top cop

2015-11-25 20:05


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Johannesburg - Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said he could not confirm or deny whether deputy police commissioner Lieutenant General Nobubele Mbekela had been served with a notice of intention to suspend her.

Speaking to News24, Mulaudzi said: "This was an internal matter between the employer and the employee; I can’t make any further comments."

This follows reports by Eyewitness News that Mbekele had been served with a notice of intent to suspend her, similar to that served on police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale.

News24 reported earlier that Makgale was served with a notice of intention to suspend on Tuesday.

When contacted by News24, Makgale would not be drawn to comment on the allegations.

It is broadly understood that a group of top cops, including Mbekela and Makgale, are in the firing line because of statements issued in support of suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

In August, the board of provincial police commissioners issued a statement in support of Phiyega. The statement was issued a day after she submitted her response to President Jacob Zuma relating to the recommendation of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry that her fitness for office be investigated.

While the police portfolio committee directed the commissioners to withdraw their statement and apologise, Makgale issued another statement on their behalf almost two weeks later to "correct the misconceptions" created by the initial statement.

Makgale has come under fire from members of Parliament for issuing statements in defence of Phiyega.

Phiyega is currently suspended and is set to face an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

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