Current head of detective services in the province, major general Jeremy Vearey, is seen as the frontrunner and all round favourite to take over the reins, if a successor from the province is chosen.
Police activist Colin Arendse makes no bones about his preference for Vearey.
“We need a born and bred Capetonian to take over the reins and to restore the public’s confidence in our police service. We need someone who understands the challenges presented by gang violence and who has been at the forefront of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA) investigations. There is only one candidate for the post and he is already based in the Western Cape,” he said.
Former chairperson of the Western Cape Community Police Forum Hanif Loonat, agreed Vearey was the obvious choice.