Gauteng police boss fired on day of appointment

2013-08-31 17:40

The appointment of Major General Bethuel Mondli Zuma as Gauteng’s top cop has been withdrawn – mere hours after the appointment was announced this morning.

In a statement, the police say Zuma had failed to comply with a directive to declare any pending criminal investigation against them.

Said National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega in a statement: “I became aware of the court charges against Major General Zuma just after the media briefing today. I immediately met with him to establish the facts. 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.

“It is clear that, in line with this policy, Major General Zuma failed to comply with the provisions of the instruction. I have therefore taken a firm decision to permanently withdraw his appointment.”

Phiyega said Zuma would face disciplinary steps.

“I am sad and disappointed in Major General Zuma,” she said.

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