Ngobeni to be sworn in

Steven Ngobeni was appointed in terms of the Police Act and not according to municipal legislation.

Steven Ngobeni will be sworn in on Friday

PRETORIA - Newly appointed Tshwane Metro Police Chief Steven Ngobeni will be sworn in during a ceremony at the department's headquarters in Pretoria on Friday.

The Tshwane council approved a report recommending that Ngobeni be appointed but the Democratic Alliance (DA) are arguing that correct procedures were not followed.

It emerged in the Tshwane council that Ngobeni's appointment will be a full time post, unlike the five year contract given to previous chiefs.

Community Safety MMC Terrence Mashego said this was because Ngobeni was appointed in terms of the Police Act, not according to municipal legislation.

He said in the six months as acting chief, Ngobeni had shown he was capable of managing the department's finances as well as ranks.

The DA criticised the appointment because of alleged irregularities related to the interview procedure.

Ngobeni's appointment comes after the position remained unfilled in 2011.

It had been advertised, but none of the candidates was thought to be fit for the job.

Ngobeni was then appointed as acting chief.

Among those who applied were suspended senior metro police officer Ndumiso Jaca and former Ekurhuleni head of metro police, Robert McBride.

Ngobeni's name had not been on the shortlist.