New WC police chief to start work on 1 Feb

It's been confirmed Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula is set to take up the post.

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CAPE TOWN - From 1 February, the Western Cape's new police commissioner will officially get to work.

It's been confirmed Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula is set to take up the post.

Former deputy police commissioner for operational services in KwaZulu-Natal, Jula will now lead the South African Police Service in the Western Cape from next month.

The provincial legislature has approved Jula as its preferred candidate for the job. Jula brings with him more than 28 years of experience.

He takes over from Arno Lamoer, who was suspended last year after he was accused of a raft of crimes. His contract expired and wasn't renewed.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has welcomed the appointment and says the Provincial Legislature received word of Jula's appointment yesterday.

"His recommendation from the national office was forwarded to the Western Cape Cabinet and on Wednesday we confirmed the national office recommendation. We obviously welcome the appointment and we welcome Mr Jula in the Western Cape."