15 October 2020
PRETORIA – National commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole has suspended deputy national commissioner Bonang Mgwenya following “damning allegations” of her alleged involvement in crimes, the SAPS said on Thursday.
Mgwenya appeared briefly in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Monday, after she was arrested by the Investigating Directorate of the National Prosecuting Authority on charges of corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering.
“After receiving a report on these charges from the Investigating Directorate, the national commissioner followed due process and suspended her yesterday [Wednesday] with immediate effect pending a departmental investigation,” said SAPS national spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo.
In a separate matter, the Sitole on Thursday dismissed another SAPS lieutenant general for her alleged involvement in corruption dating back to 2015.
“Details of this case will be provided at a later stage. This latest dismissal highlights the national commissioner’s determination and resolve in rooting out corruption from within the SAPS,” said Naidoo.
Sitole said the SAPS is suffering immensely from corruption.
“The SAPS is suffering a severe wound in the form of corruption. But as we continue to clean our ranks, the scar of it will remind us that we should never suffer such a wound again,” he said.