New Gauteng SAPS chief has a lot to do to keep communities safe – he has RISE Mzansi’s support

Remarks by
Vuyiswa Ramokgopa
March 4, 2024

RISE Mzansi welcomes the swift appointment of Lieutenant-General Tommy Mthombeni as the new Gauteng Police Commissioner, succeeding Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela, who retired on 31 January 2024. With 37 years of experience in the South African Police Service (SAPS), Lieutenant-General Mthombeni's leadership is expected to prioritize constitutional values and crime prevention, free from political influence.

Given rising crime rates in Gauteng, including increases in murders, rapes, and carjackings, Lieutenant-General Mthombeni faces significant challenges. RISE Mzansi urges him to outline his policing strategy for Gauteng, promising support from their members in the Provincial Legislature.

RISE Mzansi’s People’s Manifesto proposes to professionalize the police, enhance crime detection, and involve communities in crime prevention. They emphasize that reducing crime is crucial for economic growth and the safety of residents. For more details, download the complete media statement release above.


Issued by: RISE Mzansi

Media queries:

Vuyiswa Ramokgopa, National Communication Officer

Danisile Sathekge, Gauteng Communication Officer