President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Police Mr Fikile Mbalula  with the newly appointed  National Police Commissioner General Khehla John Sitole,  following his appointment today. Picture: NTSWE MOKOENA
President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Police Mr Fikile Mbalula with the newly appointed National Police Commissioner General Khehla John Sitole, following his appointment today. Picture: NTSWE MOKOENA

General Khehla Sitole has been appointed as the country’s new National Police Commissioner by President Jacob Zuma.

Sitole, who joined the South African Police Service 31 years ago, was serving as a divisional commissioner for protection and security services.

He will be taking over the reins from Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba who has been acting in the position since Riah Phiyega was suspended in 2015 pending a decision of the board of inquiry that found she was unfit for the role.

In a statement issued by the Presidency on Thursday, Zuma said Sitole had a wealth of operational and managerial experience and had grown through the ranks. He has worked as an assistant commissioner in Mpumalanga, where he comes from, the Northern Cape and the Free State.

The statement read: “His extensive experience in the police service will assist him [in executing] the critical task of making South Africans and everyone in the country ... safer.”

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