Phiyega withdraws Zuma as new Gauteng top cop

2013-08-31 19:11
(Photo: file, Beeld)

(Photo: file, Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Lieutenant General Bethuel Mondli Zuma was withdrawn as the new Gauteng provincial commissioner by national commissioner Riah Phiyega on Saturday, only hours after being appointed.

Phiyega said she had not been aware of the criminal investigations against Zuma.

"I became aware of the court charges against Major General Zuma just after the media briefing today (on Saturday).

"I immediately met with him to establish the facts," Phiyega said in a statement.

"He confirmed that indeed he has appeared several times in court since 2008 when the matter was first heard.

"He will be appearing again next month, during September 2013."

Phiyega appointed Zuma as the Gauteng provincial commissioner in Pretoria earlier on Saturday.

His rank was upgraded to Lieutenant General.

Phiyega said Zuma had not informed the service of any pending criminal investigations against him.

Commissioner

She said in May, all South African Police Service workers were advised to disclose whether or not they had any pending criminal investigations against them, failure to do so would be viewed as a serious misconduct.

"I have therefore taken a firm decision to permanently withdraw his appointment.

"Disciplinary steps will be taken against Major General Zuma for his failure to declare the pending criminal charges," Phiyega said.

Divisional commissioner for visible policing, Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba would be the acting provincial commissioner of Gauteng until further notice.

"In the time that I have known Major General Zuma, he has always come across as a decent, capable and committed police official and leader. I am sad and disappointed in him," Phiyega said.

Zuma has 20 years of experience as a policeman. He is not related to President Jacob Zuma.

He was meant to replace Lt-Gen Mzwandile Petros whose last day as provincial commissioner was on Saturday.

"I wish to also take this opportunity to thank Lt-Gen Petros for being a loyal servant of the service," Phiyega said earlier.

"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.

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

Read more on:    police  |  bethuel zuma  |  riah phiyega  |  jacob zuma  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
237 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.