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Gela demands reasons for potential re-deployment

The Gauteng Deputy Police Commissioner stands to become a cluster commander in the Free State.

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 - Eyewitness News has learnt Gauteng's Deputy Police Commissioner, Phumzo Gela, has asked his superiors to give reasons why he's being transferred to a cluster commander position in the Free State, despite what he says is an amicable relationship built between his office and communities.

Gela on Tuesday submitted his representations to Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba following an announcement of a major shake-up in the province.

This will see the senior managers from the South African Police Service (SAPS) head office deployed as cluster commanders throughout Gauteng.

It's understood Gela will know if he will challenge his transfer out of Gauteng in the Labour Court by the end of the month.

The Major-General has worked in Gauteng for four years and has been instrumental in quelling service delivery protests throughout the province.

But he's also been implicated in the so-called Guptagate scandal and is accused of abusing his power to benefit the well-known Gupta family.

Police say Gela is one of the only people who are contesting the re-deployment.

He is due to take up his new post in Bloemfontein at the beginning of next month.