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THE ghost of re­tired Gaut­eng po­lice head Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Mzwandile Pet­ros is haunt­ing his for­mer deputy, Ma­jor-Gen­eral Phu­muza Gela, who was de­moted via SMS, ap­par­ently be­cause he is too close to Pet­ros”.

Pet­ros re­tired last Au­gust af­ter his con­tract was not re­newed.

Two po­lice sources told Sun­day World that Gaut­eng com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Le­setja Moth­iba sent an SMS to Gela last Sun­day, ef­fec­tively de­mot­ing him.

The SMS read: I had a meet­ing with all the… per­son­nel that re­port to you and have in­formed them that un­til fur­ther no­tice you are no longer the DPC [deputy provin­cial com­mis­sioner] for Op­er­a­tional Ser­vice and that with im­me­di­ate ef­fect they will re­port di­rectly to me. I will be writ­ing a let­ter to all sta­tions. Moth­iba.”

…Gela said: I can only con­firm the SMS, but I will not com­ment any fur­ther.” He re­ferred ques­tions to the com­mu­ni­ca­tions depart­ment.

Po­lice spokesman Neville Malila said: It needs to be placed on the record that none of the deputy provin­cial com­mis­sion­ers was de­moted at any stage as al­leged in your en­quiry. Gela is deputy provin­cial com­mis­sioner for vis­i­ble polic­ing and he is still re­spon­si­ble for such du­ties.

The act­ing com­mis­sioner is en­joy­ing the sup­port of his whole man­age­ment team. [Pet­ros] is in re­tire­ment and has no busi­ness with the… run­ning of the SAPS.”

On Tues­day, af­ter in­ter­ven­tion from var­i­ous sources, in­clud­ing na­tional com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Riah Phiyega, Moth­iba re­versed the de­mo­tion. Mzwandile kaBizokwakhe

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