Gauteng police chief announces retirement

Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros has held his position since 2010.

FILE: Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros in Diepsloot to address incidents of violence against foreign shop owners. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros has announced his retirement.

Petros is expected to leave his position on 15 August when his contract comes to an end.

He made the announcement to senior staff at a function at Mogale City on Wednesday night.

Petros was appointed to the role of Gauteng police commissioner in 2010.

He became a member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in 1995 and has served in various positions within the police force, including as Western Cape police commissioner for seven years.

Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale said provisional commissioners can only serve two five year terms.

"General Petros has served his two terms. He spent seven years in the Western Cape as Provincial Commissioner and nearly three years in Gauteng."

Meanwhile, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has commended the commissioner for the work he's done.

He said he is not prepared to speculate about who will replace Petros.

"I think he has worked well. Remember Gauteng was not his first assignment. His first assignment was the Western Cape, which he executed until he was moved to Gauteng."

"Initially erroneously reported that Mzwandile Petros had resigned. The South African Police Service has clarified that his contract will in fact run its course. We apologise for the error and regret any confusion caused."