Mothiba to reduce protests

New Gauteng commissioner Lesetja Mothiba said one of his first priorities is to increase visible policing.

National Commissioner of Police Riah Phiyega with newly appointed Gauteng police commissioner Lesetja Mothiba on 4 June 2014. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed Gauteng Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba said he wants to work closely with local government to curb service delivery protests.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega announced Mothiba's appointment yesterday.

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

He said one of his first priorities is to increase visible policing and ensure there are fewer protests.

"The involvement of government in both national and provincial level is important, service delivery protests have taken our resources of our core responsibility of fighting crime."