New Gauteng top cop appointed

2013-08-31 12:41
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Pretoria - Lieutenant General Bethuel Zuma has been appointed Gauteng provincial police commissioner, national commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Saturday.

"Lieutenant General Zuma has 20 years experience as a policeman," Phiyega told reporters in Pretoria.

"He worked his ranks up in the police from constable to major general."

Zuma would replace Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros, whose last day as provincial commissioner was Saturday.

He was not related to President Jacob Zuma.

"I wish to also take this opportunity to thank Lieutenant General Petros for being a loyal servant of the service," Phiyega said.

"He is the epitome of a professional police officer."

She said Petros had agreed to stay with the police for a year.

"We have been engaged in discussions about his future role in the police.

"He indicated his desire to move on and pursue other interests. I have tried hard to ensure that his skills are not lost to the SAPS [SA Police Service].

He has kindly agreed to stay on until the end of this year to focus on a number of special projects," she said.

New provincial commissioners were also appointed for Limpopo and the Free State.

Lieutenant General Sehlahle Fanie Masemola was appointed as the Limpopo commissioner.

Lieutenant General Mpembe, the former Limpopo commissioner, was appointed to the Free State.

Phiyega also announced three new deputy national commissioners.

They were Lieutenant General Kehla John Sithole for policing operation, Lieutenant General Stefanus Johannes Paulus Schutte for resource management, finance administration procurement and technology management, and Lieutenant General Christabel Nobuble Mbekela for corporate service management.

"The changes I have introduced are not about individuals. They are about the interest of the organisation and our country," Phiyega said.

Read more on:    police  |  bethuel zuma  |  mzwandile petros  |  riah phiyega  |  johannesburg

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