The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Fannie Masemola says he has noted with concern, recent social media posts that seek to vilify members of the SAPS Human Resource Management Division.
SAPS MEMBERS ACCUSED OF BEING ILLEGAL FOREIGNERS
This comes as personal information of SAPS members, and speculation regarding the citizenship and suitability for office, of the Divisional Commissioner for Human Resources Management (HRM) have been circulating on social media and on some mainstream media platforms.
Spokesperson for the police Colonel Athlenda Mathe said the SAPS once again places on record that an internal departmental investigation sanctioned by the National Commissioner and an independent investigation conducted by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate(IPID) found no adverse findings against Lieutenant General Lineo Ntshiea.
FINDINGS OF VILIFIED OFFICERS PUBLISHED ON SOCIAL MEDIA
“Amongst other findings, the investigation found that the senior officer who is in possession of a top-secret security clearance is a South African citizen born in Welkom, a matter which was confirmed by the Department of Home Affairs.”
“Lt Gen Ntshiea is also in possession of qualifications which were verified and confirmed as authentic by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA),” she added.
Mathe went on to say the National Commissioner has also noted with concern the circulation of personal information containing the Identity Document (ID) copies of members within the service who are alleged to be non-South Africans.
“Preliminary investigations have already commenced and so far, one member, Constable Issa was found to have obtained South African citizenship and permanent residency. The verification process with regards to the list that is circulating on various platforms is continuing,” she said.
“According to Regulation 11 of the South African Police Service Regulations, 1964 (as amended in 2002) a person who applies to be appointed as a member must: have permanent residency in the Republic of South Africa of which documentary proof must be furnished,” Mathe quoted the rule book.
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THE ORIGIN OF THE OF THE ACCUSATIONS
“It is worth noting that the peddling of such information is being perpetuated by those who were dismissed from the service for various misconduct. The National Commissioner thus discourages the disinformation and the peddling of incorrect information which seeks to discredit members of the service. To this end, SAPS is working closely with all affected to address the accessing and processing of any personal information of members,” she explained.
Meanwhile, whistle-blower Patricia Mashale is seeking protection after releasing a list of ‘non-citizen members’ who are within the SAPS ranks.
This is a developing story.