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ANALYSTS say the appointment of Bhekokwakhe Hamilton Cele as the new national Police Commissioner is the wrong appointment.
Kerwin Lebone, a researcher at the SA Institute of Race Relations, said Cele was a populist who liked to make popular statements.
He said Cele had in the past made remarks that were questionable.
"He is on record as encouraging police to shoot in the head and has also defended the 'abuse' of blue lights by ministerial convoys.
"I believe by saying the police should kill he is forgoing the constitutional rights of suspects," Lebone said.
He said the right person for the job should be a policeman.
KwaZulu-Natal social scientist and violence monitor Mary de Haas said she was disappointed by the appointment since Cele was a politician and not an administrator.
SA Communist Party spokesperson Malesela Maleka said he hoped Cele would provide leadership to ease the burden of crime in all communities, especially in the most vulnerable.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize said yesterday that he believed Cele was the right man for the job.
"He has the approach that tells criminals that the law is supreme."
He described his former safety and security boss as "a courageous man who will go to great lengths to fight crime".