EMPD boss Bafana Mahlabe resigns
The position of police chief at the Ekurhuleni Metro is in the news again today. Police chief Bafana Mahlabe resigned yesterday. Mahlabe resigned with immediate effect. What is interesting is that Mahlabe was only in the position for a year before deciding to abruptly pursue business interests elsewhere.
When I heard of the resignation I immediately wondered what would make the police chief leave after such a short stay. I then remembered that Mahlabe is facing a case challenging his fitness to hold office and also that he was accused of approving overtime for nine security officials at an additional 84 hours per month to guard his private home. Amongst their duties, the police chief also tasked the security officers with taking his wife to the doctor and to run his children to school on a regular basis.
This position is not one without controversy, especially in this municipality. Before Mahlabe’s appointment, Hlula Msimang was the police boss there.
Msimang was charged with murder after a shooting incident at his Bryanston home. He was also cleared of another shooting incident in 2007, where he allegedly shot dead a man he claimed was trying to hijack him.
Before Msimang, there was now Independent Police Investigative Directorate Robert McBride. He was relieved of his duties while on trial for drunken driving. He was accused of crashing a state vehicle after a year-end function.
It does remain to be seen who will step into those shoes and how well that person will do. Mayor Mzwandile Masina says the person who will be appointed to the position, should be a person who will serve and bring stability to the department.
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