Ramaphosa appoints General Fannie Masemola as South Africa’s new police commissioner

Ramaphosa appoints General Fannie Masemola as South Africa’s new police commissioner

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced General Fannie Masemola as South Africa’s new national police commissioner.

Masemola replaces the outgoing General Khehla Sitole.

Thursday was Sitole’s last day in office after reaching an agreement of mutual termination of contract with Ramaphosa.

This came after it was confirmed last October that Sitole was facing suspension, and had been invited to make a case to Ramaphosa against the move at the time.

‘Flawed process’

Civil rights organisation Action Society, however,  had hoped there would be open process in the search for a new commissioner.

“An external panel to vet candidates for the national commissioner replacement has been appointed and according to sources, consists of people from the private sector. Unfortunately, the whole process is too secretive.

“There needs to be more transparency about the panel and the process followed in the appointing of a new national commissioner,” it said.

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