ISS: Mondli Zuma’s appointment the best SAPS could make

The institute says Zuma’s appointment is the best decision considering the candidates available to the SAPS.

FILE: Mondli Zuma. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the appointment of Mondli Zuma as Mpumalanga commissioner of police is the best appointment the South African Police Service (SAPS) could have made considering the candidates available.

Zuma returned to senior police management after being appointed commissioner in Gauteng and withdrawn by Riah Phiyega hours later after it emerged he faced charges of drunk driving.

He has since been cleared of those charges as well as charges of losing his official firearm.

ISS senior researcher Gareth Newham says Zuma has also served as a senior manager in the VIP Protection Unit and other SAPS structures.

"He has been acting at a very senior level since then. When it comes to the process that they have been following, there are very few people at that level that they can choose from. Of course the controversy doesn't help."

Meanwhile, 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 SAPS.

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.

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