TSHWANE Metro Police head Steven Ngobeni and the Municipal leaders have agreed to go their separate ways following a turbulent working relationship.
Mayor Solly Msimanga announced the separation on Tuesday following a special council sitting.
“This agreement was reached by the City Manager, in consultation with the Executive Mayor, following the irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between Ngobeni and the City of Tshwane. In view of this and to avoid further protracting the process the Executive Mayor, City Manager and 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,” Msimanga said.
The relationship amongst the three has been very volatile with the parties accusing each other of failing to carry out their duties. Msimanga accused Ngobeni of getting orders from Luthuli House, the ANC’S headquarters in Johannesburg, when he refused to carry out an instruction to remove unruly ANC members during the State of the City Address.
Ngobeni said officers were not allowed to enter council chambers if life and property are not threatened.
He accused the mayor and city manager of wanting to push him out because he served under the previous administration.
Msimanga said to avoid the vacuum that may occur in the Metro Police department which will negatively affect the administration, they would look at filling the position as soon as possible.
“It is of utmost importance that an Acting Chief of Police be appointed until such time the vacancy has been filled to ensure that necessary administration of the Municipality and the Metro Police department continues and that the people of Tshwane and the City’s property are properly protected and that law and order is maintained in our City,” he said.
Ngobeni’s deputy Jenny Malan would fill the position in an acting capacity until a replacement has been appointed.
“Consequently we are pleased that Council approved the appointment of the Deputy Chief, Ms Jenny Malan, as the Acting Chief of Police on a month-to-month basis in accordance with the Municipal Systems Act,” said Msimanga.
“It is common cause that when there is a change in leadership there will be changes in the City for the purposes of stabilising the administration and as such we would like to assure our residents that keeping them and their property safe is still at the apex of our agenda and that the departure of the Police Chief is in the best interests of stabilising the City so we may provide better services to all our people,” Msimanga said