Petros may become new Hawks boss

2013-09-01 11:52
Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros (File, Sapa)

Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros (File, Sapa)

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Pretoria - Former Gauteng provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mzwandile Petros is tipped to become the new boss of the Hawks.

According to the Sunday Times, this comes after the advertisement of current hawks boss Anwar Dramat’s job last week.

Petros, who was to have been replaced by Major-General Bethuel Zuma, will stay on at the SAPS and work on special projects until the end of the year. Just a few hours after being appointed as Petros’s replacement, Zuma was withdrawn.

Praise for Petros

When announcing Zuma's shortlived appointment to the Gauteng post, Phiyega took the opportunity to praise the work done by Petros in the job, describing him as "the epitome of a professional police officer."

The Sunday Times reported that Dramat, who has fallen out of favour with his political bosses, will not apply for the job he has held since 2009. Insiders say Dramat told those close to him that he was looking forward to returning as a lieutenant-general in the SAPS. Prior to his Hawks appointment, he had served in the Western Cape.

His appointment to the high profile role of Hawks boss four years ago was something of a surprise as he was not widely know, although he was credited with putting well-known gang leader Rashied Staggie behind bars, according to a biography on He had previously been sentenced to 12 years on Robben Island as an Umkhonto weSizwe operative.

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