Did Guptagate sink Gauteng’s top cop?

John Moodey MPL

Provincial Leader

It seems increasingly unlikely that Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros will be retained in the position as reports indicate that Gauteng Deputy Head of Detective Services Tebello Mosikili is a favourite to succeed him.

The DA therefore questions whether Petros’s actions in the Guptagate saga, which included senior police officials in the province spurned the scorn of senior politicians and police management, including Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Deputy Provincial Police Commissioner Phumza Gela was suspended for his links to the police escorts. The suspension was later lifted.

Gela allegedly ordered dozens of off-duty Gauteng flying squad policemen to escort the wedding convoy, including trucks transporting presents, in their state vehicles. He is said to have and authorised the officers overtime pay.

According to section 7(2)(b) of the South African Police Service Act (No 68 of 1995) Petros’s contract may be extended for a further five years as determined by National Commissioner Riah Phiyega in consultation with the provincial government.

Premier Mokonyane must put concerns about a political fallout to bed by telling the people of Gauteng whether this was considered and why this is not the preferred option given the success of Petros in the province.