More checks were to be done on Bethuel Zuma

2013-09-03 07:18
National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega. Picture: Sapa

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega. Picture: Sapa

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Johannesburg - The police had intended to conduct more checks on Major General Bethuel Mondli Zuma after he was appointed Gauteng police commissioner, it emerged on Monday.

"[A] point which was unfortunately not highlighted on Saturday, when the appointments were announced, is the fact that they were provisional. This is in order to allow for further checks," said Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale.

Zuma was given the provincial post by Phiyega on Saturday, but his appointment was withdrawn hours later, after Phiyega learnt of criminal investigations against him.

On Sunday, the newly-established political party Agang criticised Phiyega for appointing Zuma before doing a background check.

On Monday, Phiyega's office claimed she had followed the necessary steps.

Makgale said it was found that Zuma had no criminal record and that there were not departmental investigations pending against him.

"As he is a long-serving member of the [SA Police Service] who, over the years, established a strong relationship of trust between himself and the employer, and is generally perceived as being a committed and dedicated public servant, there was, in line with current SAPS polices, no reason to doubt his bona fides," said Makgale.

Drunken driving arrest

Zuma was arrested in Pietermaritzburg in 2008 for alleged drunken driving.

On Saturday, Phiyega said he had confirmed that he had since appeared in court several times, and that he would appear again this month.

"[The] SAPS will also investigate why disciplinary steps were not instituted against him in 2008 when he was arrested," said Makgale.

He said Phiyega expected her police managers to lead by example, and she was disappointed in Zuma.

Zuma, who has 20 years experience as a policeman, is not related to President Jacob Zuma.

Makgale said his appointment had been permanently withdrawn, and he faced disciplinary steps for failing to declare the pending criminal charges.

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