By Jacques Steenkamp
PRETORIA, Nov 26 (NNN-SABC) — Two high-ranking police officers have been served with notices of suspension following allegations that they had misled Parliament.
It is being reported that Berning Ntlemeza, the head of the special operations unit of the South African Police Service (SARS), made this decision to isse the suspension letters, but police sources say it came straight from Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) understands that the acting police commissioner has served the suspension letters on Deputy Commissioner Lieutenant-General Christabel Nobubele Mbekela and National Police Spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale.
Reliable sources in the SAPS say the move is in connection with them allegedly misleading Parliament and defending suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.
Police could not confirm this and Hawks Spokesman Brigadier-General Hangwani Mulaudzi said this was an internal matter between employer and employee.
It is, however, being reported that both Makgale and Mbekele will have seven days to respond to the notice of suspension.
It is unclear whether any more of Phiyega’s supporters within the SAPS have also been served with suspension notices. — NNN-SABC