sapuTimesLIVE reports that the SA Policing Union (Sapu) on Friday called for the immediate disbandment of the specialist National Intervention Unit (NIU) after claims its members killed fellow policemen.  

The union said there had been consistent allegations of this unit being a law unto itself and that it had taken note of the latest allegations that two junior officers who were accused of robbing a post office in KwaZulu-Natal in the recent past were killed during a shootout with members of the NIU earlier this month.  Sapu general secretary Tumelo Mogodiseng said the union had initially called for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) to probe that incident as was normal procedure, but it was "a well-known fact" that Ipid lacked capacity and independence from the police.  "We are now calling for the Human Rights Commission to take centre stage in this investigation.  Allegations of those members being executed cannot be ignored any longer," Mogodiseng said.  The union has also written to President Cyril Ramaphosa to call for the dismissal of national police commissioner Gen Khehla Sitole, claiming he was "rewarding the NIU members for their loyalty to him".


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