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New interim top cop Mothiba 'ready' to serve SA

Mothiba, a regional divisional head for the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape comes with years of experience at both provincial and regional level.

Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN – New interim National Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says he’s ready to serve South Africa.

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday relieved acting commissioner Khomotso Phahlane from the job amid mounting questions over his integrity.

Police Minister Fikile Mbulula is on Friday expected to meet with police commissioners and management to discuss Mothiba's appointment.

After almost two years in office, acting in the place of Riah Phiyega, Phahlane’s term has been shrouded in controversy and he’s under investigation for corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

He will now also have to provide reasons why he should not be suspended from this original job as forensic divisional commissioner.

Mbulula is confident that with Phiyega’s term ending next week, a new police commissioner will be appointed by August.

Mothiba, a regional divisional head for the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape comes with years of experience at both provincial and regional level.

“My role is to fight crime. That’s what I’m here for to fight crime and to provide service to the people of this country.”

Mbalula says he will be back in Parliament next week, to brief the Police Portfolio Committee on the latest developments.