Petros: I never intended to stay
Mzwandile Petros says there are many personal things which he has put on hold.
CAPE TOWN - Former Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros on Monday said he was sad to be leaving the South African Police Service (SAPS).
Petros served as provincial commissioner in the Western Cape for seven years and has been in the same post in Gauteng for almost three years.
His contract expired in August.
Petros told The Redi Tlhabi Show that it was time to move on.
"Having been in the police for 18 years it will be a sad moment when the time comes to leave, definitely. I will be in SAPS up until 31 December."
Petros said he never intended to renew his contract.
"I actually indicated even when I came to Gauteng that when my contract expires I don't intend to stay even an hour more because there are many things that I've put on hold. Like personal things which I would love to do. And that was communicated with the current national commissioner and the same message was also communicated with the premier in the province."
He said he never planned to stay for long in the service.
"I must also say 18 years ago when I joined, I thought it would be a project of five years then I'd go and pursue things that I wanted to pursue. But after joining the police, I developed passion for the job and here I am 18 years down the line and I'm still interested to be in the job, but there are things that one wants to do."
Meanwhile, Gauteng remains without a police commissioner after National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega withdrew Bethuel Zuma's appointment over the weekend.
On Saturday, Phiyega announced Zuma's appointment, but merely a few hours later, withdrew it after it emerged he was facing criminal charges.
Zuma was reportedly arrested in Pietermaritzburg in September 2008 for alleged drunk driving, not stopping at a roadblock and refusing to allow traffic officials to test the level of alcohol in his blood.
He appeared in court shortly after his arrest and since then, the case has been withdrawn and reinstated on several occasions.