Metro chief moves to safety in the metro

2015-11-18 06:00
Pinkie Mathabathe is now the acting executive director of safety and security in the metro. PHoto: FILE

Pinkie Mathabathe is now the acting executive director of safety and security in the metro. PHoto: FILE

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THE Nelson Mandela Bay metro police force has now lost its only official employee.

This employee is Pinkie Mathabathe, who was appointed as metro police chief in February last year, at a salary of approximately R1 million per year, although there was no workforce to manage.

“She could not really thrive as police chief, because she was like a queen without a kingdom in this position,” said mayor Danny Jordaan.

Mathabathe will now step in as the acting executive director of safety and security in the metro, announced Jordaan.

This comes after Shane Brown, the former director, after a month’s sick leave requested to return to his previous post as head of disaster management.

“It makes sense to put her in this position,” Jordaan explained.

“She already receives a salary while the metro police has not yet been established. It is more cost-effective in this way, because we will not have to pay a new salary.”

The move to appoint Mathabathe as director, is, however, not a popular choice.

“She did not come with a good history from her previous positions elsewhere, and here she has not done anything. The plan to move her, is just proof for us that the metro has abandoned its plan to create a metro police force,” Retief Odendaal, DA leader in the metro, said. Jordaan defended Mathabathe, however.

“I’ve seen her in action and believe she will be able to face the challenges in her new office.”

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