Categories Business Tech World Ramphosa urged Sitole to fire Cele amid tension Post author By vanirexodus Post date February 17, 2022 No Comments on Ramphosa urged Sitole to fire Cele amid tension The ugly public row between Police Minister Bheki Cele and National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole threatens South Africa’s stability, political and security experts say. Police expert at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Dr. Johan Burger said: “The disagreement further creates mistrust in top management and the uncertainty has a negative impact on the morale of police officers in general. Political analyst Daniel Silke said it was all part of the ongoing factional fighting within the ANC, where different personalities and factions were polarized against each other. “This deep-seated division exists and it’s all… The ugly public fight between Police Minister Bheki Cele and National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitoleis a threat to South Africa’s stability, political and security experts say. Police expert at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) dr. Johan Burger said: “The disagreement further creates mistrust in top leadership and the uncertainty is negatively impacting the morale of police officers in general. Political analyst Daniel Silke said it was all part of the ongoing factional fighting within the ANC, where different personalities and factions were polarized against each other. “This deep-seated division exists and it’s all right to have divisions about state-owned companies or economic policies. “When you have divisions within the security cluster itself and political battles take place in the wider security and security arena, you create the atmosphere for substantial destabilization in South Africa,” he said. Silke said South Africa can no longer afford to have this level of internal disagreement, be it political or personality conflict, between the two main figures when it comes to policing. “The security situation in South Africa has deteriorated over the past year. There have been far too many incidents of security vulnerabilities that undermine the security of the state,” he said. ALSO READ: ‘We’re not friends’ – Cele explains ‘fallout’ with Sitole Silke said it was time to resolve the disagreements or remove the officials who were not cooperating. This week, Cele accused his estranged police commissioner and the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malemaof conspiracy against him to have him removed from the cabinet† Burger said the accusations made by the minister surprised him. “I am not that surprised that he made the allegations, but I was surprised by the way and the place where it was done. Parliament was not the right place to come out with these revelations,” Burger said. Burger said Cele should have discussed the issues with the commissioner and the president. “Remember, the president already wrote to Sitole last year that he… considering suspending him and appointing a commission of inquiry to investigate whether he was suitable for the job. But the president never got any further than that,” Burger said. Burger said it depends on what the president was going to do: was he going to suspend Sitole or not? He went on to say that Cele had to retract his allegations because he couldn’t prove them, or because it wasn’t the right place to do so. AfriForum campaign manager, Jacques Broodryk, said the fact that Cele made these allegations publicly and had to retract them is a sign of political infighting. This was one of the main reasons why services were not provided in this country, he said. Broodryk said the police needed to keep the crime in check, but instead it was a huge problem. “We have become accustomed to disappointments from ANC members, but this is a new low for the minister,” he said. Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow police minister Andrew Whitfield said the minister and commissioner fighting in public were negative for police morale. READ MORE: Cele to Unrest Inquiry: I Can’t Remember Seeing Top Agent Sitole in the ‘Right Places’ This was especially true for the lower ranks of the police, as they operated with a strict chain of command. “If they get mixed messages from [top] Police [officers] it causes disorder and dysfunction,” he said. Whitfield added that low morale led to low crime conviction rates due to the poor police work that resulted. “It’s not just the police who suffer when they fight, the communities suffer too. “In general, we all accept that the police are in a crisis situation that needs urgent review and that there must be consequences for corrupt police officers within the ranks,” he said. Whitfield said the president had no choice but to remove both Sitole and Cele. “They have shown that they are unwilling to cooperate in the interest of community safety,” he said. ← Mandela’s indecisive protege sees SA crumble → Malema grilled in lawsuit against AfriForum Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.