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Mbalula announces introduction of regional police commissioners

The Police Minister and national police commissioner made the announcement on Wednesday. Gauteng will be the first province to be restructured, followed by the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

FILE: Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced the introduction of regional police commissioners to spearhead the fight against crime.

The minister and National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole made the announcement at a briefing in Pretoria.

Gauteng will be the first province to be restructured, followed by the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Mbalula says lieutenant generals and major generals will take command of the new regions within provinces.

“Regionalisation will respond quicker and better than provincialised structures. Provincial structures will still exist but responsive regional commanders with adequate resources will now assist them.”

Sitole says the station and cluster structures will remain intact.

“All the regional commissioners they are there to enhance operational policing on the ground. They will not be doing administration.”

The plan will be implemented from next month.