Reshuffle of top cops under way

A reshuffle of high-ranking police in Nelson Mandela Bay is under way, with several brigadiers given orders to move to other police stations.

The transfers have been in the pipeline since last year, amid speculation that newly appointed provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga wanted to move management around.

Transfer papers were delivered to some station and cluster commanders last week.

They will have weeks to make representations on their reasons if they do not want to move. More moves are expected later this year. One of those being moved is Humewood police station boss Brigadier Ronald Koll, who is taking up the post of deputy cluster commander at the Uitenhage cluster office.

In turn, deputy cluster commander Brigadier Leonie Bentley will take over command of the Humewood police station.

Koll will oversee eight police stations in and around Uitenhage.

Humansdorp cluster commander Brigadier Neil Jantjies will swap with Brigadier John le Bok, the commander of the Mount Road police station.

Le Bok will be in charge of nine areas, including Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay and Humansdorp.

Ntshinga said none of the brigadiers had opposed the moves yet.

While the transfers came into effect on Wednesday, Bentley is on leave, which will hold up the transfer process.

“The transfers or rotation of senior managers is in line with SAPS provincial management’s [policy of] revival, restoration and reformation,” Ntshinga said.

“It will bring new challenges and ensure crosspollination of ideas across station and cluster borders.

“The senior managers involved in the rotation are well-experienced officers in the operational and managerial fields of policing, and I have total trust in their ability to adapt swiftly to their new posts.”

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