In March Ngobeni lost her bid before the Supreme Court of Appeal to be reinstated. The commissioner‚ who was appointed in 2009‚ will remain on suspension and will have to present herself to a board of inquiry which will adjudicate whether or not she is guilty of gross misconduct and should be dismissed.
Cele announced that a permanent police commissioner could not be appointed until Ngobeni’s matter had been resolved.
Mkhwanazi was appointed by Zuma as acting national police commissioner in 2011 to replace Cele who had been suspended for his involvement in the procurement of two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban after former public protector Thuli Madonsela found his conduct was unlawful and amounted to maladministration.
Cele was fired by Zuma the following year because of his “dishonest” role in the awarding of a R1.7-billion contract for police accommodation. However‚ the police minister has always maintained his innocence.
Mkhwanazi joined the police force in 1993 and was deployed in the public order policing unit before he was appointed to the special task force. He was promoted to head of the task force in 2005 and given the rank of major-general.
After he was appointed acting national police commissioner‚ Mkhwanazi was hastily promoted by Zuma to the rank of lieutenant-general in an attempt at damage control after announcing him as a stand-in for Cele.
Senior police sources at the time claimed that Zuma had skipped more than 20 more senior generals who could have been appointed for the top job.