New police commissioners for North West, Western Cape

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Johannesburg - New provincial police commissioners have been appointed in the North West and Western Cape.

Lieutenant General Baile Brenda Motswenyane takes the reins in the North West and Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Elvis Jula will be in charge in the Western Cape, the SA Police Service said on Thursday.

Both would take up their new positions on February 1.

Motswenyane has been a police officer for more than 27 years, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said in a statement.

Fourteen of those years were at a senior management level.

Before her appointment, she was the operations officer at the level of deputy provincial commissioner in the Free State and served as the deputy provincial commissioner responsible for operational services in the same province.

In May last year, former North West commissioner Lieutenant General Zukiswa Mbombo, who was at the helm during the shooting of miners at Marikana, resigned.

Her resignation came at a time when President Jacob Zuma was considering a report by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which was established to investigate the events at Marikana.

Mbombo testified before the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

During her testimony, she conceded that police intervention at the mine in 2012 was a failure.

At the time, she said there were blunders in the police communication systems used on the day of the shooting.

Jula is replacing former commissioner Arno Lamoer in the Western Cape.

Lamoer and three others are facing 109 charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and defeating the ends of justice.

Mulaudzi on Thursday said Jula, who had more than 28 years of uninterrupted service in the police, had been serving as the deputy provincial commissioner for operational services in KwaZulu-Natal.

He has more than 11 years' service at senior management level.

Jula has also served as the cluster commander in Ulundi, as well as acting cluster commander in Newcastle.

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