Mondli Zuma set to be appointed Mpumalanga top cop

2016-02-01 08:45


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Johannesburg - A senior police officer who was suspended pending a criminal investigation against him is expected to be back in the saddle soon.

Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, whose appointment as Gauteng police commissioner was withdrawn hours after the announcement was made, was expected to be made Mpumalanga’s commissioner.

News24 understands that acting police commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, was expected to make the announcement at a media briefing in Pretoria on Monday.

Phahlane would also discuss the SA Police Service's restructuring plans.

In August 2013, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega announced Zuma's appointment as Gauteng commissioner, to replace Lieutenant General Mwandile Petros. She withdrew it a few hours later, saying Zuma had not informed the SAPS of any pending criminal investigations against him.

He was facing charges of failing to stop when ordered to, drunken driving, attempting to escape from custody, and defeating the ends of justice. In Pietermaritzburg in December 2008, he allegedly ignored traffic officials’ instructions to stop, ran away and hid in a house.

He allegedly stayed in a bathroom for a long time to avoid being breathalysed.

Zuma appeared in court in late 2013. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. It was not clear whether the case had been finalised.

Zuma was head of special projects and part of the investigation into spending at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

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