Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
8 Oct 2021
5:50 am

Process to appoint SA’s top cop has not been merit-based, says security expert

Brian Sokutu

Expert says politics is to blame as to why national police commissioners do not last in their positions.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 20: SAPS National Commissioner, Khehla Sitole. (Photo by Gallo Images/Phill Magakoe)

As President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday issued a notice of suspension against National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole that was delayed for the past two weeks, a leading security expert said SA national police heads were unlikely to finish their terms of office because of political decision-making and less stringent recruitment criteria. Institute for Security Studies justice and violence prevention programme head Gareth Newham said Sitole’s suspension might not affect planned operations at provincial or local level, but disruptions could be expected at national level. In line with the provisions of Section 8(3) of the SA Police Service (Saps) Act,...