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Plato and Vearey must put their differences aside for WC sake - Pikoli

The Western Cape Police Ombudsman, Advocate Vusi Pikoli, has distanced himself and his office from the public spat between Community Safety MEC Dan Plato and senior police official Major General Jeremy Vearey.

Pikoli says it is in the interest of the province for the tensions to be resolved as a matter of urgency.

He says both parties, tasked with the responsibility of ensuring safety and security in the Western Cape, need to set aside their differences.

It cannot be in anyone's interest to have this continuation.

Vusi Pikoli, Western Cape Police Ombudsman

Vearey, commander of the Western Cape police's anti-gang unit, accused Plato, gang leaders and other politicians of launching a political attack against him.

Plato denies having links with gang kingpins, and said that the allegations are an effort to derail his fight against gangsterism.

According to Pikoli, the matter was brought to his office for investigation but falls outside of his jurisdiction.

I immediately concluded that the matter certainly falls outside the ambit of my office.

Vusi Pikoli, Western Cape Police Ombudsman

He says that the information, including corruption allegations, murder claims and an application for witness protection, will be referred to the relevant policing bodies.

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