Embattled Gauteng and KZN police chiefs bow out

Embattled KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni may have retired‚ but questions remain as to whether the inquiry into her fitness to hold office will fall away with her departure.

In a statement issued on Thursday‚ national commissioner of police Gen Khehla Sithole announced that Ngobeni and another long-serving senior officer‚ Gauteng provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Deliwe de Lange‚ had retired on Wednesday.

Ngobeni had‚ leading up to her retirement‚ been locked in an intense legal battle with police brass who had been trying to test her fitness to hold office.

Speaking to TimesLIVE on Thursday‚ Ngobeni said that she was “still engaging with the employer” and could not be drawn to comment further on the nature of her resignation or the inquiry.

Police spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo could not be reached for comment.

Her suspension related to her links to Durban businessman Thoshan Panday and his associates‚ who reportedly paid nearly R20‚000 for her husband Lucas’s birthday party in 2010.

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