'All senior police members were consulted over Mondli Zuma'

It has been confirmed that Mondli Zuma is officially the provincial commissioner of Mpumalanga.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says all senior members of the police, including Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, were consulted regarding changes within the leadership of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Phahlane confirmed in Pretoria yesterday that Mondli Zuma is officially the provincial commissioner for Mpumalanga.

Zuma was promoted to this position from divisional commissioner in the Protection and Security Services.

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

Following an Eyewitness News exclusive report, Phahlane confirmed that Zuma has begun his new role in Mpumalanga.

Phahlane says although he makes the decision on promotions and appointments, all stakeholders were consulted.

"The development of the organisation's structure was consulted with both internal and external stakeholders."

The acting national commissioner says South Africans must understand that the changes he has made are for the benefit of all citizens and are there to enhance policing in the country.

He also says Zuma must be given a chance to prove himself before being judged.

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