DA concerned over Gauteng police commissioner’s removal

By Kate Lorimer MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety:

The DA is deeply concerned by the sudden decision to move Gauteng police commissioner Lt Gen Lesetja Mothiba to the newly formed management intervention unit at national head office.

While the move may be regarded as a step up for Mothiba, the fact that the appointment of his replacement, Major General Eric Nkuna, is on an acting basis, creates the impression that the shift was politically motivated.

Lt Gen Mothiba has dedicated more than 30 years to the SAPS, and is a career policeman who has added value.

Gauteng must again battle through the inevitable upset caused by a change in management which may negatively affect crime fighting in the province.

The DA wishes Lt Gen Mothiba every success in his future endeavours – his loss will be felt by every policing structure in the province.