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.

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