Hanif Loonat canned as CPF cluster chair

The Community Policing (CPF) forums in the Western Cape play a pivotal role working with police to help fight crime in the area.

Now a letter from the Mitchell's Plain Cluster Police Board has come to light.

It contains signatories from Athlone, Landsdown, Strandfontein, Grassy Park, Lenteguer, Steenberg and Mitchell's Plain CPF forums - 7 of the 8 Community Police Forums in the cluster - asking that chair Hanif Loonat step down from the board.

The letter states that the signatories would like Loonat to "exit the Community Policing Board peacefully and gracefully in order to preserve what you might consider your legacy and to maintain the dignity of all concerned."

The letter says that the decision took many months of tough and thoughtful deliberation and adds, "you have developed a highly manipulative public personality using print, broadcasting, and social media.'

The letter was leaked to CapeTalk.

EWN reporter Kevin Brandt says he contacted those involved including provincial chairperson Andrew Lyon and Hanif Loonat himself, but they were not prepared to comment.

Lyon confirmed a meeting had taken place but says they will release a statement within a week.

Loonat said he will make an announcement regarding the letter in a few weeks time.

There have been claims that Loonat would release media statements without proper mandates.

This is not the first time Loonat has been at odds with the CPF. In 2013 he was suspended as chair of the Western Cape Community Police Forum and later reinstated.

Listen to the interview regarding Hanif Loonat's ousting from the Mitchell's Plain CPF cluster below:

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