‘Shocked and dismayed’: Khehla Sitole on Cele’s alleged ‘coup plot’

The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) General Khehla Sitole has rubbished claims that he met with EFF leader, Julius Malema to plot against Police Minister, Bheki Cele.

Cele alleged that Sitole had plotted with EFF Leader, Mr Julius Malema against the Police Minister.


Earlier on Monday during a SONA debate Malema said Cele should have never been made Police Minister and accused him of Competing with Sitole.

Taking to the podium, Cele then spoke of a secret meeting between Sitole and Malema, which he believed took place on the 10th of December 2020. He said the pair cooked up a plot to remove him from his office.

“I’m not going to go back to the 10th of December 2020, where there was a meeting between yourself and the national commissioner and the plan and the plot was hashed that I must be chased. So, I’m not surprised that today this is happening.”

Police Minister, Bheki Cele

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On Tuesday, Sitole confirmed that he did meet with Julius Malema. The meeting was initiated by the Ministry of Police. It was held specifically at the behest of the Deputy Minister of Police, Cassel Mathale.

Police spokesperson, Vishnu Naidoo said the Deputy Minister requested General Sitole to meet with Julius Malema to address potential threats against him (Malema).

“Malema met with the National Commissioner and the Head of Protection and Security Services, Lieutenant General Sam Shitlabane in 2020 at the Tshwane Training Academy. 

“The meeting was solely about the alleged threats against Mr Malema and nothing else to which feedback was provided to the Deputy Minister. The National Commissioner was under the impression that the Minister was aware about the content of that meeting given that it was facilitated by his Deputy.” 

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo

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