A senior police officer will investigate Major-General Feroz Khan’s attendance at the EFF’s gala dinner last week, according to the office of National Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola.
Khan is the police’s second-in-command of the crucial Crime Intelligence division.
On Thursday evening, he attended the EFF’s extravagant banquet at Emperor’s Palace, east of Johannesburg City.
The event was one of the political party’s 10th-anniversary celebrations.
According to News24, Khan’s ticket to the event was purchased by Mohammed Sayed, who is reported to be Khan’s friend.
Khan previously informed News24 that he was attending the event for work.
In response to a News24 article regarding Khan, EFF head of international relations Godrich Gardee tweeted that the outlet had “blown” Khan’s cover.
He wrote: “He is gathering intelligence in funerals and weddings and wherever many people gather. He is doing his job undercover. You are exposing the work of state security. You blew his cover and are guilty of transgressing the intelligence act… shame on you.”
Sayed is a business associate with Adriano Mazzotti, who is likewise connected to Malema and has previously donated to the EFF.
Malema and his family have previously lived at Mazzotti’s properties.
On Tuesday, Masemola’s office confirmed a “senior police officer has been appointed to investigate this matter”.
Clement Manyathela of Talk Radio 702 quoted Masemola as stating Khan informed the police’s senior command that he was on official duty at the gala dinner. The police commander went on to say that they then discovered Khan’s ticket had been purchased by someone else.
BREAKING National Police Commisisoner Masemola tells me on #TheCMShow that Crime Intelligence Boss Major-General Feroz Khan is being investigated by SAPS for attending the EFF’s gala dinner. “He said he was officially on duty,but now we hear his ticket was bought by someone else”
— Clement Manyathela (@TheRealClementM) August 1, 2023
Police officers are prohibited by policy from publicly endorsing or participating in political parties or movements.
Nonetheless, the policies do not prohibit police officers from attending political party meetings as long as they do not wear their uniforms.