Opposition cries foul over new Tshwane safety head

2010-10-02 07:23

Within hours of Mahlomola Daniel Manganye being appointed Tshwane community safety boss, opposition parties were claiming that he could not legally command the Tshwane metro police because he does not have a traffic diploma and a municipal police diploma.

They were also claiming that the vacancy was never advertised within the municipality.

Tshwane metro mayor Gwen Ramokgopa announced at a press conference at the Tshwane Community Safety Headquarters that Manganye had been appointed Strategic Executive Director (SED) of the community safety department.

The department is responsible for the metro police, the fire brigade and the disaster management centre.

Ramokgopa said that Manganye’s previous experience as a station commissioner made him the ideal candidate.

“Brigadier Manganye is expected to work with the team he is leading to ensure zero tolerance for crime, fraud and corruption and to execute his mandate with excellence and dedication and most importantly, without fear or favour,” she said.

The Democratic Alliance’s Tshwane spokesperson for security Karen Meyer said that the South African Police Service Act required that the metro police chiefs should have a traffic diploma and a municipal police diploma.

“Because we have no police chief, the SED becomes automatically responsible, but because he is not qualified in terms of the SAPS act. He cannot run the metro police. Every action he would carry out would be illegal.”

Freedom Front Plus’ Pretoria leader Philip van Staden said: “If he doesn’t have the necessary qualifications he shouldn’t be appointed.”

He said that the position had never been advertised internally within the municipality.

“Nobody in the municipality could apply because the post was never advertised,” he said.

Commenting last night on news reports of the announcement, Tshwane spokesperson Console Tleane said: “Manganye was appointed the Head of the Community Safety department and not simply the Tshwane metro police.

“The department is bigger than the metro police, and Manganye should therefore not be reduced to metro police chief,” Tleane said.?

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