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Union urges Zuma to permanently appoint Mothiba as top cop

Sapu's Oscar Skommere says Mothiba is a true career cop which is what's needed for the police service.

Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Police Union (Sapu) has urged President Jacob Zuma to permanently appoint Lesetja Mothiba to the position of national police commissioner.

The presidency on Thursday announced that Khomotso Phahlane's term in office had come to an end while Police Minister Fikile Mbalula suggested he's been removed because of the corruption cloud hanging over his head.

Mothiba became a police officer in 1982, was the commander of the Alexandra Police Station for seven years and has previously acted as the Gauteng police commissioner.

Sapu's Oscar Skommere says Mothiba is a true career cop which is what is needed for the police service.

"We are appealing to the president and the minister to come up with a permanent appointment to deal with issues of the police. The morale of our members is affected by this."