Top Gauteng cop resigns
Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros (pictured) has announced his retirement, and is expected to leave his position on 15 August when his contract ends.
Petros made the announcement to senior staff at a function at Mogale City. He was appointed Gauteng police commissioner in 2010.
Petros joined the SAPS in 1995 and has served in various positions within the police, including as Western Cape police commissioner for seven years. Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale said provincial commissioners can only serve two five year terms.
“General Petros has served his two terms. He spent seven years in the Western Cape as provincial commissioner and nearly three years in Gauteng.”
Meanwhile Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has commended the commissioner for the work he has done. “I am not prepared to speculate about who will replace him, I think he has worked well,” he said.
Crime Line, the anonymous tip-off service, says the news that General Petros is leaving SAPS has come as ‘a shock’. Crime Line leader Yusuf Abramjee says Petros’ resignation is a big loss for SAPS and the people of South Africa.
“He always supported public/private partnerships. We have worked closely with him over the years as provincial commissioner of Western Cape and Gauteng respectively. He is a dedicated police officer who always shows leadership excellence. He must be credited for starting sector policing in the Western Cape and bringing it to Gauteng, which eventually became a national initiative,” Abramjee says.
Petros joined the SAPS in 1995 and was appointed as Gauteng police commissioner in 2010. He previously served seven years as police commissioner in the Western Cape.
“Crime Line engaged General Petros regularly and he has supported initiatives like Crime Line with passion and commitment. He always ensured that tip-offs were followed-up and promoted the role of communities to work with the police. Whenever we raised issues with him, General Petros responded immediately. We wish him well in his future plans and we believe he still has a role to play in creating a safer SA. We trust his expertise and experience will be used to the benefit of South Africans,” Abramjee said.
He added that his organisation hopes that the new commissioner will carry on the legacy of building and strengthening private/public partnerships.
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