Jeppe station commander back at work after over five months of 'leave'

He took 70 days holiday leave, 22 days of sick leave and over 60 days for temporary incapacity leave.

FILE: Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo was appointed to the post in February 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says a station commander who has been absent from the Jeppe Police Station for over five months is now back at work.

Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo was appointed to the post in February 2014 but has been absent for more than 30 percent of his appointment.

Mariemuthoo took 70 days holiday leave, 22 days of sick leave and more than 60 days for temporary incapacity leave for a knee injury.

The MEC says there has always been an acting station commander available to stand in.

"Our public is not disadvantaged, someone has been acting in that position and he is back to work now. When somebody goes back to work it means he is ready to continue with his duties."

The Democratic Alliance claims that before moving to Jeppe Police Station he was at the Benoni Station, where he was also investigated for taking extensive leave.