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sapu thumb medium80 79ANA reports that the SA Policing Union (SAPU) on Wednesday criticised recent top brass police appointments, saying they were patronage awards to those loyal to national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole.  

The union said it would like to send “a stern warning” to General Sitole over his latest appointments of SA Police Service (SAPS) top management, which it found were “totally unacceptable”.  It went on to state that Sitole’s “appointment of unqualified deputy national commissioners is a major cause for concern” and added that it was of the firm view “that the national police commissioner is using patronage to award loyalists instead of using capacity to appoint top management members”.  The police union claimed there were more deserving police generals who would take the SAPS forward.  “SAPU is not calling for favours, we demand fairness and justice.  To reward loyalists with senior and influential positions will not assist the SAPS,” general secretary Oscar Skommere indicated in a statement.

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