Premier Senzo Mchunu Fails to Clarify
KZN Police Commissioner's Contract Status

15 December 2014. 

KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Senzo Mchunu failed to respond to a call from the IFP to clarify the future of the KZN Police Commissioner, Mmamonnye Ngobeni as her contract had expired in October this year. 

"During the recent sitting of the provincial legislature we called on the Premier through MEC for Community Safety, Willies Mchunu to explain how the commissioner is still in office when her contract had expired, and the fact that she has failed to make KwaZulu-Natal a safe province. We expected the Premier to respond and clarify whether the commissioner's contract had been renewed or not but he failed to do so. In fact his silence on the matter raised many eyebrows," said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala. 

"This week we have learnt from reliable sources that Commissioner Ngobeni's contract has been renewed. It would appear that the contract was covertly renewed and the Premier did not want to reveal this in the House. We wonder whether the Premier knows what is happening in the province or is there something he is hiding from the people? We find this inexplicable in view of Ngobeni's incompetence in solving crime and the serious allegations levelled against concerning her dealings with businessman Thoshan Panday, who paid for a party in 2010 for her husband. Her dealings with someone who was linked to an investigation into alleged inflated prices that his company charged police for World Cup accommodation casts doubt on her credibility. We then wonder whether the Premier did not want to embarrass himself in the House by admitting that this incompetent police commissioner has had her contract renewed," said Mr Gwala. 

"The citizens of KwaZulu-Natal must be informed on what grounds and with what justification was her contract renewed. The National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega has a duty to tell us why she has imposed Ngobeni on us again. Knowing the shortcomings of both General Phiyega and Commissioner Ngobeni, it would appear that birds of a feather do indeed flock together", concluded Mr Gwala


Issued by:
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842 

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Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675