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Acting top cop ready for new role

2011-10-25 13:30

Johannesburg - South Africa's new acting police chief, Major General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, says he is ready to take on his new role.

"I am looking forward to managing this entire organisation with vigour, of course with assistance from my fellow colleagues as well as the entire management of the SA Police Service," he said on Tuesday.

Mkhwanazi, 38, joined the police force in 1993 and was deployed in the public order policing unit. He was then appointed to the special task force.

Mkhwanazi was promoted to head of the task force in 2005 and given the rank of major general.

President Jacob Zuma suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele on Monday.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela earlier found Cele's involvement in the procurement of two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban was unlawful and amounted to maladministration.

An inquiry will be held into the lease controversy.

It will be led by retired Constitutional Court judge Yvonne Mokgoro, alongside advocates Terry Motau and Anthea Platt.

President Jacob Zuma's announcement followed weeks of speculation on Cele's future, including a news report that he would be offered a diplomatic post in Canada, a notion rejected by the international relations department.

Cele's office said on Monday he "respects" Zuma's decision to suspend him.

Comments
  • Zunaid - 2011-10-25 13:41

    change is good , but will this not be a case of 1 corrupt offical replacing another ?

      Servaas - 2011-10-25 13:42

      Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and hope not.

      Marion - 2011-10-25 13:51

      @Zunaid... ag asseblief... what proof do you have that this man is anything other than an upstanding citizen? The whole frigging population of SA isn't corrupt you know. Stop looking for spooks where none exist.

      Shadoz - 2011-10-25 13:58

      @Marion lets just look at the history of the ANC so far. But yes lets give him the benifit of the doubt and hope that he will address all the corruption and crime problems

      Albert - 2011-10-25 14:08

      If he was put there by Zuma........

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-10-25 14:50

      Zunaid in your eyes every black man is corrupt?

      Mashiane - 2011-10-25 15:01

      I agree that change is good,BUT from a public policing to task force,then to a National commissioner's rank is a joke.This is still a political appointment even if he is now acting.I hope the guy knows his story well,He has to rely on his legal advisors within the department if he really want to run a clean administration.This is one of the difficult department and before you put your pen on the paper,approving anything,you need to understand first.Good luck Nhlanhla,and hope you proof us wrong.In SAP your experience must count,with yours,I am really not sure.

  • thembisa.zitulele - 2011-10-25 14:18

    Please don't disappoint us...

  • Anthony - 2011-10-25 14:20

    not one of the front runners was considered all the people in line for the promotion were overlooked he was not even on the shortlist WHY-- HE IS A FRIEND OF ZUMAS you may get a bit angry marion but the last one [bekkkkkie] was a friend of zumas as well, so this does not bode well for the future by the way the previous criminal --selebie was a friend of mbeki

      Daniel - 2011-10-25 15:10

      ME AND MY BUDDIES, WE CAN FIX IT GOOD ..............

  • En - 2011-10-25 14:21

    Well for those who say Bheki Cele had no experience as a police officer, Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi is a total opposite. The fact that he was in the Special Task Force speaks for itself. Special Task Force is still rated as one of the most elite police units anywhere in the world, so you can be sure that he's been in a few high speed chases and hectic shoot-outs. Members from such units see "action" on almost a daily basis, there's less of them (probably less than 100) so the camaraderie tends to be high with a much higher focus on fighting crime. Good luck to him....

      Anthony - 2011-10-25 14:28

      great ---but can he direct the police force?????

  • eradingoana - 2011-10-25 14:45

    Yesterday seems to have been Zuma's first day in office

  • Ashwin - 2011-10-25 16:18

    If researched and reported correctly, look at this mans credentials: Mkhwanazi, 38, joined the police force in 1993 and was deployed in the public order policing unit. He was then appointed to the special task force. Mkhwanazi was promoted to head of the task force in 2005 and given the rank of major general. Why was he not chosen for this role in the first place?

  • Jackie - 2011-10-25 16:19

    many have tried before you nhlanhla, even during apartheid, all have failed....

  • baudoux1 - 2011-10-25 16:31

    At least the other Lout is gone. Mkhwanazi seems to be a true cop and has worked his way up, lets give him a chance..

  • Alan - 2011-10-25 19:08

    Well at last we have someone who is actually a Policeman and from the the special task force (which i know about)!!!

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