Mthethwa's re-appointment a 'positive step'

The re-appointment of Nathi Mthethwa as minister of the newly named police department is a “positive step”, the South African Police Union (Sapu) said on Monday.

“Sapu has worked well with the minister since his appointment last year [as minister of the then safety and security department],” it said in a statement.

“We are of the view that since he has been with the department since September 2008 and is familiar with the department, he would be of great benefit to his newly appointed deputy [Fikile Mbalula]. This is a great team we are looking forward to working with.”

The union welcomed Mbalula’s appointment and pledged to support the two.

“We are also pleased that the new administration has decided to rename the safety and security department back to the original name of the police department.”

This was because “it makes sense and is well-known by the ordinary people on the ground”.—Sapa

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