Cele denies 'frosty' relationship with police commissioner Khehla Sitole
Police minister Bheki Cele has denied he has a “frosty” relationship with national police commissioner Khehla Sitole.
“I deny that there is a frosty relationship,” Cele told the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hearings into the July riots on Friday.
He said he and Sitole had a “working relationship”.
“I was a national commissioner ... I minimised any conflict. I had a wonderful team. The stats had never been so good,” Cele said of his tenure as national police commissioner, before becoming police minister.
Cele said the “real” frosty relationship was among SAPS' top management.
“I would like to see the commissioner take his management and walk in unison. I hope this organisation will find its way and do the job it is supposed to do and resolve matters that are supposed to resolved.
“I hope we will find each other and fix those things,” Cele said.
He said everyone should take responsibility for the people who died during the riots.
“It could have been better for all of us,” he said.
Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.
Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.