Cape Town – President Cyril Ramaphosa is reportedly considering five names, as he looks for a suitable candidate to take up the position of national police commissioner when Khehla Sitole vacates the office.
Sitole was dismissed last month in the aftermath of riots last July that left more than 350 dead, the worst unrest since the end of apartheid.
Ramaphosa said at the time that his dismissal was “by mutual agreement” and in the “best interests of the country”.
Sitole’s last day at work will be March 31, 2022.
EWN reported that Ramaphosa was considering five police officers for the position of national police commissioner.
KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Lucky Mkhwanazi, Gauteng top cop Elias Mawela, retired cop Gary Kruser, National Commissioner for Policing Fannie Masemola, and Deputy National Commissioner for Crime Detection Liziwe Ntshinga were reportedly among the five candidates.
Quoting News24, a report by The Citizen said sources claimed that Ramaphosa was also considering appointing an acting police chief as he decided on the appointment of a permanent national police commissioner.
“Another option being considered by the president is appointing an outsider to head up the Saps,” the report added.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo
Additional reporting by AFP