KZN top cop’s two-year paid leave is ‘destroying’ the police

DURBAN – It has been almost two years that KwaZulu- Natal has not had a permanent police commissioner since the suspension of Lieutenant-General Mmamonyane Ngobeni.

The lieutenant-general was suspended from the more than R1-million a year position after allegations of misconduct.

The absence of a permanent police commissioner has been destroying the police service, said Police and Prisons Civil Rights’ Union (Popcru) recently.

Spokesperson of Popcru, Richard Mamabolo, said they had been vocal against having members serving in acting positions.

“Generally, we have said these suspensions take a lot of resources away from the operational mandate of the police. This has been a challenge and it creates confusing among members because every acting person comes with their different ideas. We will look into the KZN matter to see how far they have gone in dealing with it,” said Mamabolo.

The national police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said the national police commissioner, General Khehla Sithole, had resolved the issue of the acting commissioner and would make an announcement soon.

“The general commissioner has met Lieutenant-General Ngobeni but I can’t give a time frame as to when he will make the pronouncement,” said Naidoo.

Ngobeni was suspended on allegations of misconduct, her fitness to hold office and her capacity to execute her official duties efficiently.

A judge found there was no loss of confidence in Ngobeni by the national police minister or by the KZN MEC.

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