National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has been praised for removing Bethuel Zuma as Gauteng Police Commissioner after it emerged he faces criminal charges.
Zuma was appointed by Phiyega to replace Mzwandile Petros who spent his last day in office yesterday.
The major general will appear in court again next month on charges relating to drunk driving as well as defeating the ends of justice.
Parliament's Portfolio Committee Chairperson Annelize van Wyk has commended Riah Phiyega for acting swiftly once it emerged Gauteng's new top cop is facing criminal prosecution.
“I want to congratulate the national commissioner Riah Phiyega for withdrawing the appointment, I think it was the right thing to do. My initial reaction was one of concern.”
Johan Burger from the Institute of Security Studies says he's also impressed and the action will inspire confidence in the commissioner.
Zuma's appointment was withdrawn because he didn't disclose the fact that he's being prosecuted – he now also faces disciplinary action.
Meanwhile, Phiyega has announced the establishment of the SAPS Integrity Management Division which will look into alleged corruption and maladministration by police officers.
Phiyega revealed changes to the SAPS top leadership structure yesterday and introduced Christabel Mbekela as one of three new deputy national commissioners who will head the division.
Phiyega says the integrity division must rid the police service of its rotten apples.
However, only a day after Riah Phiyega announced changes to the police's top leadership structure - questions have been raised about her new appointments.
Phiyega appointed three new deputy national commissioners and three provincial commissioners to Gauteng, Limpopo and the Free State.
She's already withdrawn Bethuel Zuma as Gauteng's top cop and now it's been alleged her other appointments also have dodgy backgrounds.