David Tembe is the new Chief of Police at the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department.
The appointment was confirmed by City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on Wednesday. The Executive Mayor said Tembe’s public safety career had been impressive, adding that he had full confidence in his ability to make the city a safer place for all who live in it.
Tembe, who started out at the City of Johannesburg as a paramedic for the Emergency Services in 1981, has worked his way through the system over the past three and a half decades. He became a Superintendent in 1989 and in 1999 was appointed acting Director in charge of the EMS Academy.
In 2001 he was appointed the Director of Operations at the municipality, where he was in charge of the city’s 26 fire stations. He was subsequently appointed as the Chief of the Emergency Management Services at that municipality.
The turning point in his career, perhaps, was when he was appointed as Director of Operations at the Johannesburg Metro Police Department in 2003, laying the foundation for the role that he will perform as of this week.
He has also served as the National Chief of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).