Metro police chief booted

Jenny Malan.


The Tshwane metro police chief has been given the boot, and his deputy, Jenny Malan, appointed acting chief.

The metro announced at a special council meeting at the Sammy Marks Chambers on Tuesday that it “has agreed a separation with the metro police (TMPD) chief, Steven Ngobeni”.

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The details are sketchy but the termination of contract was debated “in committee” from which the media was barred.

The metro released a statement shortly after the debate.

“Following comprehensive discussions, Tshwane mayor, Solly Msimanga, today announces that the metro has reached an agreed separation with Ngobeni.

“This agreement was reached by the city manager, in consultation with the mayor, following the irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between Ngobeni and the metro.”

After a long history of conflict between the two men since the DA took control of the metro, things came to a head during the mayor’s State of the City address in April.

Msimanga alleged that Ngobeni had refused to execute his order to remove from the chamber protesting ANC councillors, who were preventing him from making his speech at the Tshwane Events Centre recently.

Msimanga also charged that Ngobeni was taking instructions from the ANC.

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Ngobeni was suspended during the event on 6 April, but reinstated a few days later.

The removal of the metro police chief requires a council resolution.

The statement continued: “In view of this [irretrievable breakdown] and to avoid further protracting the process, the mayor, city manager and the police chief agreed that it was in the best interests of the city and the leadership that he depart now to prevent any further damage to our law enforcement agency.”

“Council approved the appointment of deputy chief, Jenny Malan, as acting chief on a month-to-month basis in accordance with the Municipal Systems Act.”

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