- Minister of Police Bheki Cele is expected to announce the appointment of senior officials on Thursday
- Major General Ntebo "Jan" Mabula stands in line to become the divisional commissioner of crime detection, despite the pending criminal and disciplinary cases against him
- Mabula is still under investigation by IPID for the death, by suffocation, of police informer Solomon Nengwane
Major General Ntebo "Jan" Mabula, the current North West SAPS deputy crime detection head, was reportedly interviewed for the post of divisional commissioner of crime detection, and received a recommendation from a senior police official.
On Thursday, Minister of Police Bheki Cele, and national commissioner General Khehla Sitole, will announce the appointments of divisional commissioners from Crime Intelligence, detective services, protection and security services, as well as the provincial commissioner of the Free State.
Mabula and his team from the North West have previously been investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) for allegedly torturing a man who was in custody, which has resulted in pending criminal and disciplinary cases against him.
Mabula is still under investigation by IPID for the death, by suffocation, of police informer Solomon Nengwane.
He has also developed a reputation for being involved in political arrests, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Former acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, who has been charged with corruption, allegedly roped in Mabula and his team to counter-investigate IPID forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan and his assistant attorney, Sarah-Jane Trent.
O'Sullivan, Trent and IPID investigators Mandla Mahlangu and Temane Binang, were all arrested last year by Mabula's team for a range of charges, including corruption, fraud and racketeering.
The charges against the four were provisionally struck from the roll in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.
In 2013, City Press reported that Mabula was a long-term associate of former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli, under whom he served as a detective in Potchefstroom.
Mdluli headed organised crime in the North West at the time.
In 2008, under Mdluli's instruction, Mabula was involved in the arrest and failed prosecution of Gerrie Nel by Nomgcobo Jiba.
The day after Nel's arrest, then-police commissioner Jackie Selebi launched an urgent application to try to halt the Scorpions' investigation.
Mabula also led the Hawks investigation into the so-called Cato Manor Death Squad.
On Jiba's instruction, he arrested KwaZulu-Natal head Major General Johan Booysens for racketeering – charges that were later declared unlawful by a court.
O'Sullivan wrote to Sitole about the impending appointment and said he was aware of three of the candidates who were shortlisted.
O'Sullivan believed they were "wholly unsuitable" due to their past involvement in alleged criminal acts.
Asked if Mabula was a shortlisted candidate for the top job, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Brenda Muridili said the appointment of senior managers was an internal HR process, which would not be discussed in the media.
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