Cops confirm major shake-up of top GP posts

Police say the redeployments are designed to improve service delivery in Gauteng.

FILE: Gauteng Deputy Police Commissioner Major-General Phumzo Gela (Left) and Gauteng CPF chairman Andy Mashaile blow the whistle on crime at an anti-crime event in Reiger Park on 24 August 2014. Picture: Crime Line.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed a major shake-up of posts at the Gauteng provincial office that involves the redeployment of eight senior managers and may result in the deputy commissioner leaving the province.

Eyewitness News this morning revealed that Major-General Phumzo Gela is trying to fight off an attempt to send him to the Free State in a battle that may land up in court.

Police say the redeployments are designed to improve service delivery in the province.

The police's Solomon Makgale says they've decided to shake up Gauteng's police leadership structure to inject new vigour into their fight against crime.

Makgale says Gela was consulted about the decision to redeploy him and has until the end of the month to appeal.

He says the shift is not based on the individual performance of the deputy commissioner but admits it is one of the determining factors.

Gela previously served under Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros and his new deployment follows the arrival of Petros's replacement, Lesetja Mothiba.

The deputy commissioner is seeking further explanation about why the decision has been taken.