Metro police chief on special leave

Top cop Hlula Msimang has been placed on special leave, the Ekurhuleni Municipality confirmed.

Metro Police officers. SAPA.

EKURHULENI - Metro police chief Hlula Msimang has now been placed on special leave, the Ekurhuleni Municipality confirmed on Wednesday.

The top cop has been linked to at least two unrelated murders, one being that of a man he claimed broke into his Bryanston home earlier in 2012.

Msimang is expected back at the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on February 8.

In December, he was charged with murder in the same court.

Msimang is yet to be charged for another incident dating back to 2007, in which he allegedly killed a man he claims was trying to hijack him.

The municipality's Zweli Dlamini said Msimang asked to be placed on special leave.

"The chief of police asked to be put on special leave so that he could focus on his forthcoming court appearance."

Dlamini said the municipality agreed to Msimang's request, stating the leave period is effective from January 22 to February 13.

The metro police boss is the son of the late controversial Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang and replaced Robert McBride, who was convicted of drunk driving and defeating the ends of justice.