Bheki Cele, the police minister, has denied having a “frosty” relationship with National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole.
“I deny that there is a frosty relationship,” Cele told the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hearings into the July riots on Friday.
He claimed to have a “working relationship” with Sitole. “I was a national commissioner … I minimised any conflict. I had a wonderful team. The stats had never been so good,” Cele said of his tenure as national police commissioner, before becoming police minister.
Cele said the “real” frosty relationship was among SAPS’ top management. “I would like to see the commissioner take his management and walk-in unison. I hope this organisation will find its way and do the job it is supposed to do and resolve matters that are supposed to resolve. “I hope we will find each other and fix those things,” Cele said.
He said everyone should take responsibility for the people who died during the riots.“It could have been better for all of us,” he said.