General Khehla Sitole and two of his subordinates seem to have won the latest fight in an ongoing war with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate with the High Court ruling that the magistrate must hand over documents she considered when issuing subpoenas against the trio
General Khehla Sitole and two of his deputies have emerged apparently victorious after another round in court with the IPID relating to the watchdog's investigation into tender fraud and corruption.
In a statement released yesterday, the National Police Commissioner said they welcomed the ruling by the High Court compelling a Pretoria magistrate to hand over ‘records’ used in issuing subpoenas against Sitole and two of his subordinates.
According to the statement, Sitole has embraced the fairness of the justice processes.
The subpoenas in question had required the three to present themselves to the IPID for interviews to assist in the investigation exploring the possibility of tender fraud and corruption concerning I-View, a Durban company.
Sitole and co had challenged the legality of the subpoenas, alleging that the information requested was “intelligence information that might compromise national security and identities of the operatives of the intelligence community”.
They had subsequently applied for a court order forcing the magistrate to provide the documentation she had based her decision on.
Briefly.co.za reported previously that the IPID head had denied Sitole’s claim that the documents would constitute intelligence information and that the requested disclosure thereof could compromise national security. McBride claims that the documents have been illegally classified in an attempt to conceal the suspected crimes.
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