President Jacob Zuma has appointed Lt-General Khehla Sithole as the new National Police Commissioner. Sithole was formerly the protection and security services divisional commissioner and will replace the acting commissioner Lesetja Mothiba with immediate effect.
Little is known about Sithole, making it difficult to ascertain whether he is a good appointment or not.
Gareth Newham, head of Justice and Violence Prevention at the ISS, says Sitole has been in the police for thirty years in various management positions.
He is not really an operational police officer, he never really spent time on the beat, but he has good understanding of the workings of the South African Police Service in terms of its resource allocation procedures, permits, finances that kind of things.— Gareth Newham, ISS head of Justice and Violence Prevention
While the process of Sithole's appointment was not made available to the public, there are concerns given the problematic history of Police Commissioners in the country, but Newham says that we have to wait to see if Sithole does a good job or not.
Newham says that Sithole's administrative background works in his favour. He was one of the top lieutenants-general in the country.
At this point, there is no reason to suggest that he won't do a good job, but we obviously have to wait and see.— Gareth Newham Head of Justice and Violence Prevention at the ISS
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