Lieutenant-General Fannie Masemola announced as new police commissioner.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced Lieutenant General Sehlahle Fannie Masemola as the new police commissioner.
Masemola's appointment as the country's top cop comes amid allegations of meddling levelled against Police Minister Bheki Cele and criticisms of the "secretive recruitment process" for outgoing national police commissioner Khehla Sithole's replacement.
The 58-year-old Masemola is a former Deputy National Commissioner for Policing and served as Limpopo’s Provincial Police Commissioner.
The National Police Commissioner is expected to work alongside the Minister of Police, colleagues and peers in the JCPS Cluster, the women and men of the South African Police Service, community structures, business and the private security industry to make the country safer.
Ramaphosa thanked General Sitole for his service to the nation over many years in the SAPS and wished him the best in his future endeavours.
Following the announcement on 25 February 2020 of General Sitole’s departure, the president initiated a process for the appointment of a new National Commissioner of Police in line with the powers entrusted to by Section 207 of our Constitution which directs the President to appoint a National Commissioner.
The selection panel was appointed on the appointment of a suitable person to lead the SAPS comprising of:
• Prof Sydney Mufamadi as Chairperson;
• Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga;
• Minister of Police General Bheki Cele;
• Retired Former Commissioner of Police Mr George Fivaz;
• Director-General in the Presidency Ms Phindile Baleni;
• Director-General of the National Treasury, Mr Dondo Mogajane, and
• Director-General of State Security Ambassador Thembisile Majola
The selection Panel was convened to draft a short-list of candidates who would be considered for the vacant post of National Commissioner of Police.