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Mpumalanga police commissioner suspended

Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has been suspended and the provincial SAPS will be under the command of a new acting commissioner as of tomorrow, June 15. It has not yet been established who the new commissioner will be.

The Mpumalanga SAPS will be under the control and command of an acting provincial commissioner from tomorrow, June 15.
This comes after Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela was suspended for the second time in 18 months, by General Fannie Masemola, the national police commissioner (Nascom).
Lowvelder was informed reliably that the letter of her suspension was served to her around midday.

Last year, she was suspended on the same day the premier of Mpumalanga was sworn in. Today, ironically, was the day the new premier was elected.

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Manamela has been in the firing line for months, but everything came to a head four weeks ago when Masemola informed her of his intension to suspend her again.

Numerous allegations were made against her in a letter of which Lowvelder has a copy.
Brigadier Anthea Mathe, the spokesperson of the Nascom, said it is an internal matter and will not be discussed in a public domain.

Despite informing her, the matter is not about an ordinary police officer, but the most senior police officer in the province. She refused to admit or deny the suspension.

Read in next week’s Lowvelder of the saga which led to Manamela’s suspension.
By the time of publication, it could not be established who will be appointed as acting police commisioner.

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