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Gauteng’s Top Cop Mawela: Amapanyaza Cannot Serve as Commissioners of Oaths




Gauteng’s top cop, Commissioner Elias Mawela, has unequivocally stated that AmaPanyaza cannot act as commissioners of oaths. According to EWN, this declaration comes in response to revelations that Crime Prevention Wardens in Gauteng were serving as commissioners of oaths in various police stations across the province, rendering affidavits they signed invalid. Numerous Gauteng residents unwittingly possessed “useless” affidavits signed by AmaPanyaza.

The Gauteng police department has confirmed the involvement of Crime Prevention Wardens in the capacity of commissioners of oaths in several police stations throughout the province. This news has prompted Commissioner Mawela to issue an internal memorandum to all station managers, instructing them to cease this unauthorised practice immediately.

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Whether citizens needed to renew a lost identity document or address more serious matters like opening a sexual assault case, thousands in Gauteng visit police stations daily to make sworn statements. Typically, these statements require authentication by a commissioner of oaths, a South African Police Service (SAPS) officer.

Commissioner Mawela emphasised that AmaPanyaza’s role cannot extend to that of a commissioner of oaths. He expressed awareness of their community service centres (CSC) activities, citing an instance in Diepsloot. Mawela recounted encountering AmaPanyaza members at the Diepsloot CSC, where he questioned their presence and tasked the station commander with addressing the issue.


As the investigation unfolds, the exact number of affidavits signed by AmaPanyaza remains unclear.

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