- One of South Africa's top policewomen, Deliwe de Lange, has been asked to take early retirement
- De Lange did not want to reveal why she has been asked to leave her job after 35 years of service
- Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange will be officially retiring as Gauteng commissioner on 29 July
Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange, will serve her last day as the commissioner on the 29th of July.
De Lange has served South Africa as a stellar police member for 35 years.
She was often referred to as a 'corruption buster' and no-nonsense policewoman.
It is not known why De Lange has been sent packing.
TimesLIVE reported that the national police management had asked De Lange to leave her job as commissioner.
De Lange sees her departure as a sad event, as she had 2 years left in her post before retiring. She stated that there was still much she wanted to do.
She did not want to comment on why she was leaving or who would replace her.
You need to speak to the national police office about that. The police minister will have to make an announcement on that.
De Lange informed her staff on Wednesday that she would be leaving the South African Police Force at the end of July.
Briefly.co.za learned that De Lange has been given what everyone calls a "golden handshake" - a payment given to those who retire early.
Mpho Kwinika, SA Police Union president, stated that De Lange will be missed and she was very good at restoring the South African Police Force's battered image.
We are definitely not happy about what has happened‚ and the rumours over who is going to be replacing De Lange.
The Union would like to know why De Lange has been told to take early retirement. Kwinika feels that asking people to retire early and giving them "golden handshakes" is an expensive way of doing things.
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