Former Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has stepped down as head of the cops as per his term in office comes to an end.
It is understood that Pahlane agreed to step down from his position as acting commissioner with immediate effect after he had an engagement with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.
President Jacob Zuma on Thursday announced the appointment of Lieutenant-general Lesetja Mothiba as acting National Police Commissioner
The Presidency seemed to give the impression that Mothiba had only been appointed as acting commissioner because Phahlane’s acting tenure had come to an end. It made no mention of a suspension or the allegations against Phahlane.
Mbalula gave a strong statement saying Pahlane failed to provide reasons why he should not be suspende folloing allegations of misconduct which have impact on his fitness to hold office.
Phahlane has been seen as an ally of former Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza, who has had a violent public standoff with Mbalula recently. Phahlane, Ntlemeza and former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli are also considered Zuma allies.
New acting commissioner Mothiba, a career cop, is viewed as a committed policeman untainted by political scandal.