Lack of Zuma background checks shows Mokonyane and Phiyega’s incompetence

Kate Lorimer MPL

Spokesperson on Community Safety

According to reports this morning Major-General Bethuel Zuma¬†already has a criminal record dating back to 2004. Zuma’s botched appointment as Gauteng Provincial Commissioner was rapidly withdrawn when we highlighted that he was facing criminal charges.

Should Zuma indeed have a conviction for reckless and negligent driving it shows that neither National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega nor Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and the provincial executive fulfilled their constiuttional responsibilities in terms of this crucial appointment.

Yesterday in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Mokonyane clearly stated that Zuma had no criminal record. Previously Phiyega said they can only check on criminal records and internal disciplinary procedures.

It is clear no checks were done, highlighting both Phiyega and Mokonyane’s incompetence and inability to do their jobs properly.

They should both be held accountable and disciplined for not fulfilling their responsibilities and for failing to protect the interests and safety of the people of Gauteng.