Crisis in the police: Tensions escalate as Cele and Sitole clash over suspensions at intelligence division

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Peter Jacobs. (Jan Gerber, News24)
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A pitch battle in the uppermost ranks of the police's Crime Intelligence (CI) division – underscored by a wash of suspensions this week – has set national police commissioner Khehla Sitole on a collision course with his political principal, Police Minister Bheki Cele. 

Sitole and Cele are at loggerheads over the looming suspension of CI boss Lieutenant-General Peter Jacobs who, along with five high-ranking officers under his command, face misconduct charges. 

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