Gauteng gets new police commissioner

Riah Phiyega said Lesetja Mothiba has been doing an excellent job as acting commissioner.

National Commissioner of Police Riah Phiyega with newly appointed Gauteng police commissioner Lesetja Mothiba. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega announced this morning that Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba will lead the men and women in blue in the province.

Phiyega said Mothiba has been doing an excellent job as acting commissioner and believes he's the right person to take on the role.

She said police investigating high-profile cases in Gauteng made several breakthroughs in recent months.

Phiyega added that this shows the dedication of Mothiba, who's now been promoted to the position of provincial commissioner.

"Those that know him know that Mothiba is a competent and experienced and skilled leader. He's well suited to lead Gauteng."

Meanwhile, Mothiba promised not to disappoint the national police commissioner or residents of Gauteng, saying his first priority is to reduce crime.

Mothiba has been in the role in an acting capacity after previous commissioner, Bethuel Mondi Zuma, was fired.

It was revealed last year that Zuma was facing criminal charges after he was appointed to the position.

He 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He appeared in court shortly after his arrest and since then, the case has been withdrawn and reinstated on several occasions.

Phiyega said she was only made aware of the pending case after she made the appointment.

Zuma had succeeded Mzwandile Petros who announced his retirement last August.