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Mthethwa to introduce new top cop to SA

2012-06-14 07:28

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa will introduce police commissioner General Mangwashi Victoria "Riah" Phiyega to the media at a ceremony on Thursday.

Mthethwa and Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu would officially welcome the country's first woman police commissioner at the SAPS's training academy in Pretoria West.

President Jacob Zuma announced Phiyega's appointment with immediate effect on Tuesday.

The Polokwane-born business executive previously held positions in the corporate sector, including Absa. Prior to that, she served on the boards of Transnet and the Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa.

She was part of the 2010 Soccer World Cup bid committee and received a special award for her work. The University of Limpopo bestowed a community work leadership award on her.

Lack of experience

Phiyega has several tertiary qualifications in business management and social work. She is also known for her community work involving women and children.

Mthethwa said on Tuesday: "Based on her previous and current expertise, Ms Phiyega brings a wealth of experience on strategic leadership and sound management background, both from public service and private sector."

Various opposition parties however commented on her lack of experience in the police.

Her predecessor, Bheki Cele vowed on Wednesday to approach the North Gauteng High Court in a bid to get clarity on the reasons for his dismissal.

Although Phiyega had a strong background in administration, Cele said the job of police commissioner had little to do with administration and more with the work on the ground - "being in the trenches with the men and women in blue".

Cele said he did not know Phiyega, but he believed Zuma would always choose competent people.
Although Cele would be going to court, he said he would leave quietly.

Comments
  • Busani - 2012-06-14 07:40

    What time - I will make sure im not near a TV or radio

      Hadebe - 2012-06-14 07:46

      Just dive in your hole n stay there. You reptile.

      Busani - 2012-06-14 08:16

      Hadebe you must be a primate, please eat your coconut in peace.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-14 08:24

      Darn, Cele was so much easier to spell.

  • lucky.evans1 - 2012-06-14 07:48

    shem the poor woman, bt she will do well Limpopo prodeuces good leaders please represent mama

  • selby.muimeleli.marindili - 2012-06-14 07:57

    when cele came in the was lot of change and indeed he did well in his job, but it all turn ugly at the end, we hope and believe this gonna be some how differnt, coz all police boos turn not to be at the other side of the law

  • Rory Marx - 2012-06-14 07:58

    who cares about all her achievements!why isnt their someone with experience in the policing sector chosen!what about the people that are in policing or militant background that have experience?

      Squeegee - 2012-06-14 08:26

      Because the experience has been lost over the last 20 years and the only policing experience remaining is not worth having...

  • Mooilek - 2012-06-14 08:09

    ths lady wont succeed wthin police sector unless if othrwise, thr ar qualified police officers bt they are nt being apointd. She is the to gather sum cash, cz zuma is goin t shuffle again nd zuma is failn ths country. By apointing ths woman, h realy shows tht ths country ir heavy for hm t run

  • Phumi - 2012-06-14 08:15

    Through out the world all police commissioners are political appointment by nature. Even this one is not an exception and there is nothing unique about her! This woman is another political proxy hired by The Spear gang to protect narrow political agendas. Zuma has never cared for rank and file just like he did hiring the most junior judge to be our chief justice. His only interests is his survival and nothing else!

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-14 08:18

    I am also not happy with this appointment. Seeing that there is no relevant police experience, But I saw a comment that a previous boss of her made last night.(Steve Booysen - x ABSA boss) He said that she is a good hard and committed worker that most probably will appoint the right people around her for good advise where she lack off it and with her good managing and admin back ground she can do it. If Steve think it is possible who am I not to give her a change. I am not sure if there is so many policemen, in high positions, left that have all the balance experience(policing, management and admin) The only thing that puts me off is that she can be a political appointment and if so, all her "good" know-how and methods will go down the drain.

      winston.mullany - 2012-06-14 08:28

      As much as I may hate the appointment, maybe its what we need, someone outside the police since it seems they all corrupt in some way or other and under handing bribes. I'm sick and tired of been negative towards the police but I can't help it. If it is a political move then its a sure fail. There's been a few surprises in the past when people have stepped up to the plate when we've all shot them down. I hope for our sake, not hers, that she makes a difference because I'm gatvol of the stupidity of the police. At the same time I'm on the fence to see how this turns out. If she fails, then its nothing new within the government but if she succeeds, well....

      Jacqui - 2012-06-14 10:46

      Du Toit, I don't think your opinion counts where the ANC is concerned. Only their opinions are cosidered.

  • Phumi - 2012-06-14 08:22

    Zuma is not serious about crime and the well being of our police force. He just wants to put someone there to be loyal to him and nothing else. When we took a decision to militarise the police force in Polokwane. Our approach was to have a skiet n doner "Stomach in and Chest out" type of a commissioner and Cele met the profile. What we have now is an overweight social worker with experiance in charity work in the private sector that has nothing to do with strategic management.

  • busicor.nel - 2012-06-14 08:44

    Let’s hope this work for us, all of us. If the police fail now we won’t be able to save it and that will leave us all not safe. Not that we are not already, but currently the last good officers still left is losing interest. Let give her a change and see if good management with good advice from her subordinates’ can make this work. We are falling into dark Africa; let’s hope she can get the light on.

  • jose.zunguze - 2012-06-14 08:48

    Go quietly Cele. Police work is not a joke, lets wait and see where we get. wise people do not make lot of noise like our youth league ex-president did. Challenge is good especially if you know you are on the right side of things.

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