Khomotso Phahlane winning the confidence of MPs

MPs from FF Plus, the DA and the EFF have all praised Khomotso Phahlane for his performance.

Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Johannes Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane might have a tough job turning around the police service, but he appears to be well on his way to winning over the hearts of MPs.

Phahlane, who was appointed in mid-October after Riah Phiyega was suspended, has moved quickly to implement the police's new "Back to Basics" strategy.

He told Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee yesterday that high-level management intervention has seen "commendable progress" over three months.

Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald was impressed with his performance.

"To the acting commissioner, if you keep on going like this, I will support you for becoming the final one."

And Democratic Alliance MP Marius Redelinghuys agreed.

"I hope that our colleagues in the ANC, who have the president's ear, would speak highly of the acting national police commissioner when it comes to a permanent appointment."

The Economic Freedom Fighters member of the committee, Phillip Mhlongo, also had praise for SAPS management.

Last year, MPs across the political spectrum heavily criticised several of the police's top brass for publicly supporting Phiyega, while President Jacob Zuma mulled whether or not to establish a commission of inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

The Parliamentary committee compiled a report recommending steps be taken against the officials and Phiyega.

Zuma announced his decision to establish a board of inquiry in September.