Cele appoints General Nhlanhla Lucky Mkhwanazi as KZN police commissioner

Cele appoints General Nhlanhla Lucky Mkhwanazi as KZN police commissioner

- In 2011, General Nhlanhla Lucky Mkhwanazi made headlines when he was quickly promoted to a higher rank by former president, Jacob Zuma

- That same year, Zuma backtracked on his decision and ditched Mkhwanazi after he had a disagreement with his then boss, Nathi Mthethwa

- But, Mkhwanazi seems to be a true comeback-kid and has returned to once again take up the reigns as KZN acting police commissioner

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General Nhlanhla Lucky Mkhwanazi, the previous acting national police commissioner, has stunned the country after making a surprise comeback as the new acting KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner.

This comes after Mkhwanazi was axed by former president Jacob Zuma six years ago.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Police Minister, Bheki Cele made the announcement during a press conference in Durban on Monday.

According to a report by TimesLIVE, Cele acted on instruction by newly elected president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who instructed the police minister to deal with political murders in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Zuma vs Mkhwanazi

In 2011, Mkhwanazi was appointed to replace Cele as national police commissioner.

At the time, Zuma quickly promoted him to the rank of lieutenant-general. According to reports, this was done in an attempt at damage control. Zuma announced Mkhwanazi would stand in for Cele, who was suspended at the time.

Then, in another shocking move, Zuma axed Mkhwanazi. Apparently, he was ditched becaue Mkhwanazi and his boss, then police minister Nathi Mthethwa, had an argument,

Reports at the time suggested Mthethwa didn't agree with Mkhwanazi's management style‚ his anti-corruption crackdown and the handling of former crime intelligence boss, Richard Mdluli’s case.

A brief history of KZN's embattled police service

Provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mammonye Ngobeni, was suspended in 2016 over her unorthodox relationship with Thoshan Panday, a controversial Durban businessman. General Bheki Langa was then appointed after the suspension of Ngobeni.

Mkhwanazi is now taking over from langa.

The reason for the constant chopping and changing of police commissioners in the province is simple.

Due to Ngobeni being on suspension for two years‚ KZN cannot permanently employ a new commissioner until her matter has been finalised.

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