MPs have instructed new national police commissioner Lt-Gen Khehla Sitole to terminate contracts awarded to Forensic Data Analysts (FDA), a firm accused of paying kickbacks to former acting commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, and those of other service providers suspected of impropriety. Sitole took the hot seat in his first appearance in Parliament at a standing committee on public accounts sitting on Wednesday, during which MPs fired off questions about dubious contracts and administrative shortcomings in the South African Police Service (SAPS). An Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) investigation showed that the police awarded contracts to FDA for services, including the maintenance of SAPS torches at a cost of more than R200,000 a month. Also at issue were images of FDA’s owner — former policeman Keith Keating — and supply chain management officials pictured at a trip to the trophy room of English football club Manchester United’s home stadium, Old Trafford. Ipid and...

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