Blame games galore at SAHRC hearing into July riots

Police minister and the national and provincial commissioners fail to explain failures during the July riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, and lay into each other instead

05 December 2021 - 00:00

Attempts by national police commissioner Gen Khehla Sitole and KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lt-Gen Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi to explain the police failures during the July riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, descended into recrimination this week.

Though they differed in their response to questions put to them at the South African Human Rights Commission hearing into the unrest — Sitole gave long-winded answers in contrast to Mkhwanazi’s blunt retorts — both men revealed that the police force is out of touch with what is happening in SA...

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