Sapu demands reversal of Lt. General Zuma appointment

Sapu demands reversal of Lt. General Zuma appointment

The South African Policing Union (Sapu) on Tuesday gave acting national police commissioner, General Khomotso Phahlane, a seven day ultimatum to reverse the controversial appointment of Lieutenant General Mondli Bethuel Zuma as Mpumalanga police commissioner and warned that failure to do so will result in court action.

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“As we have written a letter calling for the reversal of this appointment, Sapu will give General Phahlane seven working days to reverse this appointment failing which, we will see him in court,” said Sapu secretary Oscar Skommere.

“We have learnt with dismay and disbelief the so called justification of the appointment of Lt-Gen. Mondli Zuma as the Mpumalanga provincial police commissioner … for General Phahlane to say General Zuma has no criminal or departmental charges is an insult to the millions of law abiding citizens.”

Pahlane defended the controversial appointment on Monday, saying that nothing prevented Zuma’s appointment.

He said Zuma was found not guilty in a negligent driving court case that happened before his “botched” appointment as Gauteng provincial commissioner. Zuma’s appointment was reversed a few hours into the job, after the now suspended national police commissioner, Riah Phiyega, found out about the pending charge, which she said Zuma had not disclosed.

The Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court acquitted him of the charges.

In December, in another case, Zuma paid an admission of guilt fine for losing his service firearm. Zuma left his firearm in his car, which was broken into and the gun was stolen.

“What else is he still to answer for? If the courts before which he appeared found him not guilty, why must we still be talking of General Zuma? There are no criminal charges against General Zuma. We have advertised the post and General Zuma, like any other applicant, participated in that process,” Phahlane told reporters on Monday.

The criminal cases were accordingly dealt with by the courts, he said.

However, Skommere said hundreds of junior officers were denied promotion in the SAPS simply because they “lost” their service pistols.

“The general public also pays the price for any loss of a firearm. Stating that General Zuma just paid an admission of guilt or a fine is not acceptable. Our members are calling for consistency in the application of discipline in the SAPS,” said Skommere. - ANA

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