Mzwandile Petros' future unclear

Nathi Mthethwa says he has served two terms, which are not necessarily renewable.

Mzwandile Petros.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa continues to steer clear of commenting on the future of Gauteng Commissioner Mzwandile Petros who's contract expires in two weeks.

This week Eyewitness News revealed that high-level discussions continue about whether the provincial police commissioner will stay or leave his position.

Questions are being asked about why this was not resolved earlier while critics say the uncertainty is damaging and destructive.

Nathi Mthethwa is hesitant to talk about a process which is yet to be finalised saying all will be revealed at the right time.

But this week Mzwandile Petros appears to have publicly announced his departure during a farewell function for a police officer. Experts say there are no rules preventing Petros from serving numerous terms as long as it doesn't exceed five years.

Mthethwa says the commissioner has already served two terms, amounting to ten years and those ten years "are not necessarily renewable."

Petros is yet to speak out about the controversy.