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IPID vs Sitole: Police boss DENIES ‘not cooperating’ with probe

National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has hit back at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) after its Executive Director Jennifer Ntlatseng registered a case against him.

The police watchdog claims Sitole has not been cooperating in its investigation into the killing of Cape Town top cop Charl Kinnear. He was shot dead outside his Cape Town home in October 2020.

At the time of his murder, Kinnear was involved in a number of cases, including on corrupt police officers and some prominent organised crime figures believed to be in cahoots.

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National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole’s office insists that he and his team have always been open with IPID and vehemently denied the police watchdogs claim.

“On the contrary, the National Commissioner had referred an investigation associated with the murder of Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear to IPID for their investigation. The National Commissioner is therefore perturbed by allegations that a criminal case has been opened against him for having ‘failed to cooperate with the investigation’ which he had initiated as a complainant,” said the police’s Brigadier Vish Naidoo.

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On Wednesday, 26 January 2022, Ntlatseng wrote to Police Minister Bheki Cele, asking that he intervene as Sitole had ducked several attempts by Ipid investigators to interview him.

“The National Commissioner and his office have at all material times cooperated with the IPID investigation and implemented the recommendations made by IPID arising from the outcome of the investigation. The National Commissioner has not been appraised of the nature and extent of the allegations imputing his lack of cooperation with IPID and will in due course after he would have been provided with the complaint from IPID, if any, respond to same fully”

SAPS Spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo

Sitole is already in hot water and faces possible suspension by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The High Court in Pretoria found that Sitole and several other top cops had breached their duties by failing to cooperate with IPID in a separate case – the procurement of a R45 million device.

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