Sick leave for Afrika

August 18, 2008

Sick leave for Afrika

by: Desire� Rorke

NELSPRUIT – The South African Police Service confirmed this week that Mpumalanga police commissioner, Afrika Khumalo`s sick leave has been extended indefinitely. Khumala was booked off by a specialist in March this year, shortly before having to address a media conference regarding his alleged involvement in international drug smuggling.

Self-confessed drug smuggler Glen Agliotti, in his statement to the national prosecuting authority, implicated him in sting operations during which goods were seized and only returned against the payment of money. Since then he has remained on sick leave with full pay.

Spokesman for the provincial police commissioner Supt Sibongile Nkosi told Lowvelder that the circumstances surrounding Khumalo`s illness were of a confidential nature, but that he was not fit to resume duty. Meanwhile police commissioner Rex Machabie formerly area commissioner of the West Rand was appointed to act as provincial commissioner. Both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Christian Party (CP), have called for the suspension of Khumalo.

CP leader Mr Louis Marneweck said criminals were infiltrating the police force rendering it ineffective while DA provincial Chief Whip Mr Clive Hatch condemned the current situation. “We must either be given the assurance that he is well enough to get back to work or he should be put on early retirement immediately due to reasons of ill health,” Hatch said.

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