Michele Clarke MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Community Safety
And Cllr Mary Goby, DA Ekurhuleni Shadow MMC for Community Safety:
The DA will ask Gauteng community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane to confirm whether the new police chief of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD), Mr Andries Bafane Mahlabe is eligible to hold office.
Mr Mahlabe’s appointment is in direct contravention of the SAPS Act, which clearly states that council may only appoint a member of the service as its head.
Mr Mahlabe, who is set to be sworn in tomorrow, is not a member of the EMPD.
Of further concern is Mr Mahlabe’s worrying record of violence, evidenced when he orchestrated the invasion of the Ekurhuleni Council Chambers in Germiston last year.
During this incident, he and a large group of men broke into the Council = building, forced their way into the offices of the Speaker and Chief Whip, broke furniture, and intimidated and caused injury to terrified staff members.
It is clear that the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council shows little regard = for legislation surrounding the appointment of a police chief, and Mr Mahlabe now joins his predecessors, Robert McBride and Hlula Msimang who tarnished the image of the EMPD with corruption and violence.
The ANC’s insistence to appoint a police chief with very little policing experience will have a severe impact on the safety and security of Ekurhuleni and its residents.
To this end the DA will submit a series of oral and written questions to MEC Nkosi-Malobane and demand an investigation into Mr Mahlabe’s fitness and eligibility to hold office, and to halt his appointment until the investigation is completed.
The DA will take every possible step to ensure the safety and security of Ekurhuleni’s people.