Phahlane: Impossible to separate politics from police work

SA's top cop says he wil instead focus on lifting the morale of police members and improving efficiency.

FILE: Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Johannes Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says while he has not been subjected to political interference in his new role, he believes it's impossible to separate it from police work.

He says he will instead focus on lifting the morale of police members and improving efficiency.

Phahlane was appointed acting commissioner in October last year after Riah Phiyega's suspension, and says since then he has revamped the detectives service and prevented an exodus by senior staff.

The commissioner says the effectiveness of the service is interlinked with politics.

"We have to make politics work. You can't separate policing from politics because it's more about what the policy of government is at a political level. As an organisation, ours is to translate that into practice."

Phahlane has also defended his decision to appoint Mondli Zuma as Mpumalanga police commissioner.

"He lost his firearm. It was not intentional. He was before a court. A court made the determination. He paid a fine. He doesn't have a single criminal record."