Former acting police chief left idle on R1,2 mln salary

2012-09-26 00:00

FORMER acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi is yet to be redeployed in the SA Police Service following the appointment of Riah Phiyega as the new police commissioner, the Inkatha Freedom Party has claimed.

In a statement, Velaphi Ndlovu, IFP spokesperson on police, said yesterday it was “shocking” that Mkhwanazi was “sitting and doing absolutely nothing at police headquarters” while drawing a salary of R1,2 million.

Anonymous sources reported that Mkhwanazi was likely to be deployed as police commissioner in the North West.

“What will happen to the police commissioner there, we do not know,” said one source.

“This is an outrage!” said Ndlovu. “The national Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, and the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, must account for why Lieutenant-General Mkhwanazi has not been assigned work to do in another portfolio while he draws a SAPS salary.

“Phiyega was appointed a while back. We need to know and the public needs to know why he has not been deployed. “Mkhwanazi is a good officer who knows his job.

“He was well-trained and a lot of investment made in him,” said Ndlovu. Mkhwanazi biding his time was not only a waste of the government’s money, but also of his talent.

Mthethwa’s spokesperson, Zweli Mnisi, said the issue was a human resources matter and the minister would not get involved in operational matters.

Oscar Skommere, general secretary of the South African Police Union, said they were trying to get to the bottom of the matter.

“All we are saying is that as a worker, he must be given work.”

Mkhwanazi was in a meeting until late last night and Phiyega did not respond to a request for comment.

SAPS spokesperson Phuti Setati said the issue was “an internal organisational matter”.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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