Zuma appoints South Africa’s new acting police chief

President Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma

South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday appointed Lieutenant-General Mothiba as the Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), with immediate effect.

Mothiba, who will replace Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane whose acting tenure came to an end on June 1, is currently the SAPS Divisional Head of the Management Intervention Unit.

The president thanked Phahlane for the leadership of the police during his acting tenure and wished Mothiba all the success in his new responsibility, presidential spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said.

Phahlane was appointed as Acting National Police Commissioner in October 2015 after Zuma suspended much-criticized Riah Phiyega who had been in this position since 2012, pending the outcome of inquiry into allegations of misconduct, her fitness to hold office and her capacity to execute official duties efficiently.

Phiyega is blamed for defects in police tactical plan which were believed to be among the factors that led to the Marikana tragedy in which 44 people were killed during mining unrest in Marikana near Rustenburg, North West Province in 2012.

In addition to the Marikana tragedy, Phiyega is also blamed for the lack of progress in addressing police brutality, the failure to rectify the resourcing crisis in the SAPS, violent crimes that have soared under her watch with a murder rate that sees 47 South Africans killed every single day, and lack of decisive action against SAPS members found to have criminal records.

The position of National Police Commissioner has not been filled permanently since Phiyega was suspended. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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