Phahlane to clear the air over Mondli Zuma appointment

Mondli Zuma is the new Mpumalanga police commissioner, despite facing a criminal charge.

Bethuel Zuma. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says South Africans should give him a chance to explain his latest appointment after Eyewitness News revealed that Mondli Zuma is the new Mpumalanga police commissioner, but faces a criminal charge.

Eyewitness News is in possession of a signed and stamped Human Resources document showing Zuma's promotion.

He was facing a number of charges in 2008, including drunk driving.

But a court withdrew them.

However, he still faces a separate charge.

Phahlane is expected to hold a media briefing on the issue in Pretoria this afternoon.

There was general outrage in 2013 when Zuma was appointed Gauteng commissioner, despite facing a number of charges.

This prompted suspended Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to replace him a few hours after the announcement.

At the weekend, EWN obtained a document, signed and stamped by the police's HR manager, showing that Zuma starts his new role in Mpumalanga today.

However Zuma, who headed the investigation into the president's Nkandla home, still has a criminal charge pending against him.

It's understood this relates to his service pistol going missing last August under suspicious circumstances.

But the national police's Hangwani Mulaudzi says protocol must be observed before any conclusions are made.

"I would have loved to give you more information, but I think it would be proper to give the acting national commissioner a platform to speak to the nation about his appointment and whatever questions there are, he will be able to respond to them."

Following Zuma's appointment as Gauteng commissioner in 2013, opposition parties slammed Phiyega, saying she had failed to properly check his background before appointing him.