January 17, 2019


Zuma appoints new police boss


President Jacob Zuma has appointed Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba as Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, with immediate effect, the Presidency announced yesterday. The acting tenure of Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane came to an on June 1. Zuma has thanked him for leading the police during his tenure, it said in a statement. Zuma also congratulated Mothiba, who was the police’s divisional head of management intervention unit, on his new role. He has also wished Mothiba all the success in his new responsibility. The position of national police commissioner has not been filled permanently since Riah Phiyega’s…

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Church bodies at loggerheads


 . . . As the Free State Council of Churches provincial secretary Sello Dire accuses the SACC of being “a two-faced and double-tounged structure captured by calls for regime change orchestrated by opposition political parties” The SA Council of Churches (SACC) could be headed for acrimonious fragmentation as it gears for a crucial elective conference next month, amid ferocious resistance by the Free State branch to back its calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign. The SACC issued a statement on Tuesday claiming it was evident that the country has gone beyond a leadership crisis and that Zuma had lost…

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FS police clash with AfriForum


Free State police commissioner Lieutenant General Lebeoana Jacob Tsumane yesterday lashed out at Afrikaner civil rights organisation AfriForum accusing the group of trying to manipulate the police by forming parallel structures to carry out the duties of the police. This follows reports that AfriForum would be holding a meeting tomorrow in Bloemfontein to prepare for the launch of a project called “Nehemiah” to fight crime. The name is derived from the Book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament. Nehemiah was a leader of the Jews who was responsible for the rebuilding of Jerusalem after returning from captivity. But according to…

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