‘Give Mondli Zuma a chance to prove himself’

Phahlane says Zuma has been cleared of all charges and should be allowed to do his job.

Newly appointed Mpumalanga Commissioner Mondli Zuma at a press conference on 1 February 2016. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says South Africans should stop judging Mondli Zuma, and give him a chance to prove himself in his new position as Mpumalanga commissioner.

Phahlane confirmed Zuma's promotion in Pretoria this afternoon, after an Eyewitness News exclusive at the weekend.

He says Zuma has been cleared of all allegations against him, including those of drunk driving, defeating the ends of justice and a recent charge of losing a service pistol under suspicious circumstances.

Commissioner Phahlane says a person is innocent until proven guilty and South Africans should respect this.

He says Zuma has been cleared of all charges against him and the country should allow him to start his new job with a clean slate.

"What else is he still to answer, if the courts before which he appeared have cleared him? Why must we still be talking of General Zuma facing any criminal charges?"

Phahlane says Zuma pleaded guilty in court to the charge of losing a service firearm and explained that his vehicle was broken into.

He was fined and paid the amount last December.

The Lieutenant General officially began his role as the head of the police in Mpumalanga today.

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