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joburgcitySaturday Star reports that the panel that appointed David Tembe as the new head of the Joburg Metro Police Department is coming under heavy scrutiny, with the ANC in Gauteng requesting a full record of the deliberations that led to it making the controversial choice.  

Last week, the party described Tembe’s placement as a blatant disregard of appointment processes and it wants him removed.  Last Wednesday, the office of the executive mayor of Joburg revealed the appointment, extolling Tembe’s experience in traffic law enforcement.  However, ANC regional spokesperson Jolidee Matongo said Tembe seemed a “bizarre choice”, as he was fifth on a list of candidates, sorted by preference.  Number one on the list was General Eric Gela, who was backed by the ANC.  While the council insisted that Gela did not have the experience in traffic and by-law enforcement, according to Matongo this did not explain why the other three preferred candidates were passed over for the job.  “How do you not appoint four other candidates who are higher on the list?  This is a blatant undermining of the appointment process,” Matongo claimed.  Complaints against the appointment are to be lodged with the Department of Public Service and Administration, as well as at the office of the MEC for Local Government and Housing.

  • Read this report by Shain Germaner in full at Saturday Star
  • See too, Joburg ANC to challenge appointment of new JMPD chief, at News24

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