THERE are no pending criminal charges against newly appointed Mpumalanga police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma.
There are no departmental or disciplinary hearings still to come.
This is what acting police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane said yesterday, announcing Zuma’s appointment at a media briefing in Tshwane where other senior police appointments were made.
He said Mzansi believes in the concept of innocence until proven guilty.
It was alleged that in December 2008, Zuma itgnored traffic officials’ instructions to stop, and ran away and hid in a house where he allegedly stayed in a bathroom for some time to avoid doing a breathalyser test.
He was charged with drunken driving, attempting to escape from custody and defeating the ends of justice.
Phahlane said the matter had been before the courts, witnesses were called and the matter was concluded.
“General Zuma was not found guilty on any of the charges,” said Phahlane.
Zuma faced another criminal matter when he reportedly lost his firearm.
He was found guilty and paid a fine.
He said the interview panel was satisfied with Zuma.
In August 2013, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega appointed him Gauteng commissioner of police.
Phiyega was forced to revoke his appointment hours later when she learned of the criminal investigation against him at the time.
Phahlane said: “It was unfair to say he failed to disclose because he had not applied for any post,” Phahlane said
He said he had confidence that Zuma would be able to successfully fight crime.
Source : DailySun