Despite Durban High Court Order, SAPS Won’t Reinstate Lieutenant General Ngobeni


SAPS has disclosed that it’s appealing the judgement and order by the Durban High Court over the suspension of Lieutenant General BM Ngobeni of KwaZulu-Natal.

Following Ngobeni’s suspension after allegations of gross misconduct were made against her, she filed an execution application to return to work.

Although her application was successful, SAPS maintained that Lieutenant General Ngobeni’s suspension will continue pending the finalization of the appeal process.

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The dispute started after Lieutenant General Phahlane was appointed the Acting National Commissioner.

He decided to suspend Lieutenant General Ngobeni and to convene a misconduct board of inquiry in relation to allegations of gross misconduct dating back to 2010.

In response, Lieutenant General Ngobeni challenged Lieutenant General Phahlane’s authority to convene the board of inquiry.

SAPS said:

“The on-going legal dispute between the parties is based on points of law and the interpretation of certain Sections of the South African Police Service Act and should not be construed as a personal or malicious vendetta against an individual.

The management of the South African Police Service is of the opinion that allegations made should be fully investigated in a transparent and accountable manner in order for justice to be served and be seen to be served.

In the meantime, Major General PB Langa will continue to perform duties as the Acting Provincial Commissioner in KwaZulu-Natal.  He is to be commended on his firm leadership in the province which has yielded outstanding successes in the fight against crime over the festive season.”

SAPS added that Lieutenant General Ngobeni’s attorney will be requested to inform his client not to return to work.

Meanwhile, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed that it’s currently investigating the allegations that two police officers killed a man by dragging him with a police van in Limpopo.

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The 25-year-old man, John Khubayi died from the injuries he sustained from the incident.