Sitole defiant over fitness to do the job despite police inaction in July unrest

The police did not have any intelligence on the July unrest before widespread looting and riots hit Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, says national commissioner Gen Khehla Sitole.

2021-11-30 02:47:00 PM

The police did not have any intelligence on the July unrest before widespread looting and riots hit Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, says national commissioner Gen Khehla Sitole.

The police did not have any intelligence on the July unrest before widespread looting and riots hit Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, says national commissioner Gen Khehla Sitole.

30 November 2021 - 11:57National police commissioner Gen Khehla Sitole on Tuesday told the SA Human Rights Commission that there was no intelligence report before the outbreak of violence in July. File photo.Image:Freddy MavundaIn the hot seat at the SA Human Rights Commission’s hearing into the July unrest, national police commissioner Gen Khehla Sitole insisted that he was still fit to do his job. 

Grilled on why he believed he could lead the SA Police Services when the country burnt, billions of rand were lost and people were killed under his watch during the unrest, Sitole denied that his actions were a gross dereliction of his duty.Advocate Smanga Sethene put it to Sitole that he showed “brazen incompetence” in relation to the unrest. 

“Why do you think that you are still fit to be police commissioner of SA? The material and brazen security lapses that embarrassed the country, the head of state could not even receive the intelligence report — why does Gen Sitole think he is still fit to be the national commissioner of police? headtopics.com

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“Do you still want to do it when you have proven beyond doubt that you have failed? You have failed the country. You have conceded that an estimated R50bn has been lost. The country’s image has been dented. Investor confidence has nosedived. Why do you think you still deserve to hold the position?”

However, Sitole was not shaken by his words.

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Perhaps no intelligence but awareness for sure. Images of the police officers in uniform looting in DBN are still fresh in our minds Even a coach roach had intelligence on this. And we wonder why crime is this high? Let's vote wisely South Africans. ANC ke Manchester United Ole at the wheel. 🙆🏿‍♂️ We voted for this government wow, I'm ashamed I ever thought the ANC could fix this country.

In other democracies, the chief of police would have fallen on their sword. We already know. Intelligence and ANC government is water and oil We didn’t know nothing 🤣😂🤣😂 Clearly incompetent.

Hawks recover ammunition suspected to have been looted in July unrestThe Hawks have recovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition assumed to have been looted during the civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal in July. MzwaneleManyi is my man he sees deeper than fools

WATCH LIVE | SAHRC hearings into July unrest continueNational police commissioner Gen Khehla Sitole and KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lt-Gen Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi are scheduled to testify on Tuesday. Interesting to see everyone pointing fingers at each other trying to deflect their incompetence.

July unrest 'planned at high political level', says Abahlali baseMjondoloText messages advising 'comrades' not to wear ANC regalia so they would not be identified during the unrest circulated in July, said S’bu Zikode of shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo.

July unrest 'planned at high political level', says Abahlali baseMjondoloText messages advising 'comrades' not to wear ANC regalia so they would not be identified during the unrest circulated in July, said S’bu Zikode of shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo. 👁️ There was always a reason why the MYANC administration was restrained in releasing the police to fulfill their duties and stopping the July unrest. There is no doubt the majority of looters were/ are MYANC supporters, who knew they would be allowed to get away with mass looting

Hawks recover ammunition suspected to have been looted in July unrestThe Hawks have recovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition assumed to have been looted during the civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal in July. MzwaneleManyi is my man he sees deeper than fools

July unrest 'planned at high political level', says Abahlali baseMjondoloText messages advising 'comrades' not to wear ANC regalia so they would not be identified during the unrest circulated in July, said S’bu Zikode of shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo.