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Mbalula: Sitole appointment will bring stability to SAPS

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday appointed General Khehla Sitole as the country’s top cop.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula standing next to the new National Police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole, after being appointed by President Jacob Zuma on 22 November 2017. Picture: Supplied

PRETORIA - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has welcomed the choice of a career policeman as the new national commissioner, saying it will bring stability to the organisation.

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday appointed General Khehla Sitole as the country’s top cop. He was the Protection and Security Services Divisional Commissioner.

The South African Police Services has been without a permanent head since Riah Phiyega was suspended two years ago.

Mbalula believes that Sitole’s experience will assist in the fight against crime.

“I think President Zuma went for experience and went for a career policeman in order to bring about stability and consolidate the police organisation in the fight against crime.”

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Meanwhile, Parliament’s Police Portfolio Committee says the appointment is a positive step towards bringing stability and providing leadership.

The Democratic Alliance says it does not believe Sitole is the best person for the job because under his watch, presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was granted presidential protection without merit.