SUSPENDED Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela is spending his time in the sin bin writing another book – this time about the sensational murder of police constable Francis Rasuge, which is being co-authored by her convicted killer.
Polela was placed on paid suspension in November last year after a social media faux pas following the sentencing of kwaito singer Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye for murder.
He tweeted that it was his first night in prison and: “I trust that Jub Jub’s supporters gave him a jar of Vaseline to take to prison.”
Police have been tight-lipped about the exact reason for his suspension, but he was removed from his position just weeks after the tweet.
Yesterday, Polela would not be drawn on the disciplinary hearing.
“The regulations don’t allow me to talk about internal processes,” he said. But Polela, 36, has his hands full.
“I’m busy with my second book and I’m also studying. My life is occupied with those activities,” he said.
Polela’s first book, My Father, My Monster, was published in 2011. The story centres around the murder of his mother by his father.
Polela’s second book, about Rasuge’s murder in 2004, is still in its initial phase and is yet be titled.
Her remains were found eight years later under the ground of the sold property of her ex-boyfriend, William Nkuna, in Hammanskraal. The co-author is Nkuna, who was given a life sentence for her murder in 2005 and is currently imprisoned in the Baviaanspoort correctional services centre.
But it’s not clear when the book will hit the shelves.
“I’ve already missed the deadline. There are times when you feel you’re on a roll. Sometimes you’re not in the right space to write. You’ve got to take your time,” Polela said.
But, while he works on the book, his career as a spin doctor is uncertain.
The South African Police Service was reticent to discuss Polela’s suspension.
SAPS spokesman Brigadier Phuti Setati said: “The internal processes with regards to the suspension are still under way and the SAPS cannot comment further on the matter.”