President Jacob Zuma has appointed General Khehla John Sitole as the new SAPS National Commissioner. There there has been some criticism that Zuma did not follow the strict criteria and a transparent appointment process, as laid out by the National Development Plan.
David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch says the nature in which Sitole was appointed is the same way in which former commissioner Riah Phiyega was appointed. Phiyega was suspended in 2015.
I don't think anyone in the police knew who Zuma had in mind, I don't think anyone in his cabinet knew and I'm pretty damn sure that his own minster of police knew who he had in his mind. It was entirely his own decision.— David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch
As a seasoned police officer with a seemingly good record, Sithole could make for a good SAPS National Commissioner, according to Lewis.
However, because Zuma appointed him Lewis says there is some negative perceptions, and that is unfortunate for SIthole.
This person who otherwise doesn't have any apparent blemishes to his name, and has a record of distinguished conduct in the police, comes into the police baring the taint of the person who appointed him. And that's really unfortunate.— David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch
Lewis says that if Sithole is at the level he need to be as SAPS National Commissioner, he was to work extra hard to gain the people's trust because of this.
Listen to the full interview below: