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Who is the new acting police commissioner?

EWN takes a look at acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane’s profile in the Saps.

Johannes Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: Gallo Images/Foto24 /Brendan Croft.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has appointed Forensic Services Divisional Commissioner Lieutenant General Johannes Khomotso Phahlane to act as the national commissioner while Riah Phiyega faces a commission of inquiry.

Zuma released a statement this afternoon saying he has decided to suspend Phiyega with immediate effect.

The presidency says her suspension is pending any decision that is made upon the recommendations of the board of inquiry into allegations of misconduct.

LISTEN: McBride vs Phiyea: The plot thickens.

Phahlane has worked his worked his way through the police ranks since the early nineties and has held senior manager positions in the latter part of his career.

He obtained a police administration national diploma in 1992, and has since obtained certificates in management services as well as business management.

Prior to his appointment as head of forensic services, Phahlane was for three years divisional commissioner responsible for personnel management - but has also been responsible for police basic training.

In 2013, he took on police union Popcru, which he sued along with three junior officers for defamation after he was accused of being responsible for corruption in his department.

Popcru described the litigation as a cheap political stunt it remains to be seen whether his appointment as acting national commissioner will warm relations with the police's majority union.

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