Phahlane must be given space to clear his name: Mbalula

Phahlane must be given space to clear his name: Mbalula

Embattled Khomotso Phahlane has been removed as acting National Police Commissioner.

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Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba will take over from Phahlane, who is facing numerous charges, including corruption. 


"There are clearly serious allegations of misconduct on the part of Lieutenant General Phahlane which also impacts on his fitness to hold office as the acting National Police Commissioner," says Mbalula.


"The allegations against Lieutenant General Phahlane raise questions of conduct that would be inconsistent with expectations that attend those who hold leadership in our police service, the South African Police Service."


"I am duty-bound to make it clear that Lieutenant General Phahlane has a right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise."


Mbalula has taken the police ministry by storm, removing Berning Ntlemeza as the head of the Hawks and now also showing Phahlane the door.


The minister says Phahlane must clear his name in court.


"We are currently asking Phahlane to make representations why he should not be suspended. He is not yet suspended," says Mbalula.


Mbalula says they hope to appoint a permanent police boss in August.

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