MAGAGULA’S AGE IS AN ISSUE FOR THE UNINFORMED
Over the last few years, National Commissioner Isaac Magagula has been berated as being too old for the position he holds and this irks his son who says current trends see armed forces headed my mature and experienced men.
“My father has over the years been appointed on merit, not favour as he works hard and is upright,” his son Mduduzi ‘CeeDee’ Magagula says.
He says Their Majesties cannot be bribed in exchange for a position and his father would not dream of doing such.
“Their Majesties are too intelligent and in any case, we have never taken gifts to them to cement our father’s position.”
Reiterating that he was given the job on merit, ‘CeeDee’ said they were very grateful for the trust bestowed on Magagula.
“To those who keep saying he is too old for the job, he has never forced his stay and says he is ready to go any time he gets relieved of his duties.” He states that the disapproval on his father’s age is disconcerting in light of the fact that the recently deceased Brigadier Fonono Dube was relieved of his duties when he was older than the national commissioner’s age.
He, however, states that the national commissioner’s exit will only be determined by Their Majesties and not by the will of emotional people.
“He took an oath to serve the country and those who vilify him; what are they saying he should do? Should he be disloyal to the country’s authority and please them?”
Firing from all cylinders, he says it is pathetic to see even high-ranking government officials who meet Their Majesties but fail to state that the national commissioner was past his usefulness but have the audacity to go around sowing seeds of doubt where his leadership is concerned.
“Who said he doesn’t want to go home? He is a police officer, he took an oath to serve Their Majesties and will die doing just that, but not as ordained by man.”
Referring to countries such as Russia, United States of America and neigh- bouring South Africa, he says all heads of armed forces were appointed and are of mature age.
“It is done by an appointing authority and there is no talk of succession. Was Ria Phiyega a police officer prior to becoming Nati onal Pol i c e Commissioner of the South African Police Service? Was her deputy appointed successor? Why is my father then being labelled as a person who does not want to be succeeded?”
He calls for people to, instead of vilifying Magagula, change the laws