Is Bethuel Zuma the new police commissioner of Mpumalanga?

Leaked documents seem to show that Zuma has been appointed to head up policing in the province.

FILE: Bethuel Zuma. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News is in possession of a document from the South African Police Service's Human Resource department which appears to show that lieutenant general Bethuel Zuma has been appointed provincial police commissioner of Mpumalanga.

Zuma made headlines in August 2013 when he was appointed Gauteng provincial commissioner but was axed just hours later when details of criminal charges pending against him emerged.

Suspended National Commissioner Riah Phiyega received criticism, with opposition parties saying she failed to properly check Zuma's background before appointing him.

The document, which appears to have been signed by the SAPS Human Resources manager this week, is addressed to the police service's heads of office, commanders and the ministry of police.

It states that Zuma will be promoted from divisional commissioner in the protection and security services, to provincial commissioner of Mpumalanga.

It further says Zuma will begin his new role on Monday.

But National Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane's spokesperson, Hangwani Mulaudzi, told Eyewitness News that he cannot divulge any information as Phahlane will address all new appointments in a press briefing on Monday.

"We're planning to have a press conference on Monday where all the new appointments will be made official and obviously all the media will be invited."

Zuma was charged with drunk driving, escaping from custody and defeating the ends of justice, among other charges, in December 2008 in Pietermaritzburg.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and the Pietermaritzburgs Magistrate Court withdrew charges of driving under the influence and defeating the ends of justice in December 2013.

The document reportedly from the South African Police Service's Human Resource department: