DURBAN - KwaZulu-Natal’s new police chief wants to be judged on actions rather than words.
Khombinkosi Jula is the commissioner of a province with a notoriously high murder rate, including political killings.
Last year, almost 600 more people were murdered in KwaZulu-Natal than in 2011.
In those seven-years, the province’s top cop resigned amid allegations of misconduct, and two others acted in the position.
Is it going to be third time lucky with Jula?
Jula wants a "customer is king" culture within the provincial SAPS but there are more urgent matters for him to deal with.
“The murder rate remains very high, and even attempted murders as well remain unacceptable in the province,” Jula said.
“The issue of sexual offences and the trio crimes specifically the carjackings are on the increase, the business and the house robberies are on the increase.”
Jula admits he needs to clean up his own house first.
“There is so much of this corruption factor, it affects us even when we have to execute operations and then we find that information has either been leaked,” Jula said.
A career policeman, Jula was recently redeployed to KZN from the Western Cape, where he served in the same position.
He was criticised by some there for not curbing gang violence – but violence monitor Mary De Haas says that’s not enough to write him off.
“He’s got to be hard on management that doesn’t perform in the different stations or units so he’s got major challenges and whether or not he’s up to this, I intend to test it. I’m going to bring him all sorts of problems to deal with and let’s see how deals with them,” Jula said.