Minister Mbalula, South Africa’s Minister of Police has confirmed he asked President Zuma to dismiss Lt. Gen. Phahlane as the Acting-National Police Commissioner.
Earlier, BuzzSouthAfrica confirmed the appointment of a new acting National Commissioner Of Police from the Presidency.
Now, we’ve obtained a statement from Minister Mbalula which confirmed he asked the President, Jacob Zuma, to do away with Phahlane.
In the statement, Minister Mbalula thanked Zuma for his wisdom and decisive action in relieving Lt. Gen. Phahlane.
Why Minister Mbalula Asked Zuma To Relieve Phahlane
Mr Fikile Mbalula specified in his statement that there are serious allegations of misconduct against Lieutenant General Phahlane.
The allegations do impact on his fitness to hold office as the Acting National Police Commissioner, Mbalula contended.
To the Minister, the allegations against Phahlane are inconsistent with expectations that attend those who hold leadership position in the South African Police Service (SAPS).
Excerpt from the Minister’s statement read:
“I am duty bound to make it clear that Lt. Gen. Phahlane has a right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. The allegations levelled are yet to be tested in a court of law.
It is also evident from the public statements from IPID, an institution this government holds in serious esteem for its importance for our democracy and protection of citizens human rights, that there will be continuing legal processes between IPID and Lt. Gen. Phahlane in courts.
There clearly are accepted perception discomforts with regards to a perceived interference risk which leads itself to potential national security risk should IPID be impeded in doing their constitutional duty lawfully by anyone.
It is my belief that Lt. Gen. Phahlane and the rule of law would be better served if the Lt. Gen. is afforded adequate time and personal freedom to focus on these personal allegations against him without the added burdens of the office of the Acting National Police Commissioner.
It is in this spirit that I informed His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma that the General’s continued holding of office negatively impacts on the Ministry and Department for which I am responsible.”
Disclosing that the current National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega’s contractual term of office will come to an end on the 10th of this month, the Minister offered that President Zuma will be considering the appointment of a new National Police Commissioner.
The Minister said Lt. Gen. Phahlane would’ve returned to his previous position as Forensic Services Divisional Commissioner.
“I have made a determination that the enormous task I am soon to set out for the Forensic Services towards the full professionalisation of the police to achieve the best outcomes in the fight against crime and to secure our national security integrity require that the police are fully focussed on the job at hand.
“The scourge of crimes against women and children is extremely important and cannot be left to hope.
“With these priorities, it is clear to me that the initial reasoning over Lt. Gen. Phahlane’s undesirableness’ stay as Acting-National Police Commissioner equally arises in his original role.
“Accordingly, Lt. Gen. Phahlane has been requested by myself to furnish me with cogent and reasonable reasons why I should not suspend him from his position as Forensic Services Divisional Commissioner with immediate effect,” stated Minister Mbalula.
Above all, the Minister thanked Phahlane for his contribution as Acting-National Police Commissioner. He wished Lt. Gen. Mothiba well as the Interim-National Police Commissioner. And again, thanked President Zuma for doing away with Lt. Gen. Phahlane.