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Groenewald believes SSA or Police Minister’s statement could be untrue

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The leader of the Freedom Front Plus has questioned the integrity of statements by the Minister of Police and State Security Minister, noting that one could be untrue.

The leader of the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus), Pieter Groenewald, on Tuesday, 20 July 2021, issued a statement in which he called the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele out for reportedly denying that the South African Police Service (SAPS) received an intelligence report from the State Security Agency (SSA). The FF Plus confirmed that Groenewald visited the troubled province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), together with Parliament’s Portfolio Committee for Police.

Groenewald further stated that in response to a question posed by the party leader, Cele is said to have vehemently denied that he received any information report from the SSA Minister, Ayanda Dlodlo before last week’s riots. Groenewald also noted that the National Police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole, also stated that he did not receive prior information.

The FF Plus leader stated that these responses were of stark difference to Dlodlo’s allegations from last week, as she claimed that she had drawn up a complete information package on the situation and handed it over to the police. Groenewald believes that these contradictions are clear evidence of either a lack of cooperation between the police and the SSA, or that either Minister Dlodlo or Cele’s statement is untrue.

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Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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