Take care of foot soldiers - Cele

2012-06-13 16:44
Axed police chief Bheki Cele has stressed that newly appointed police commissioner Mangwashi Victoria "Riah" Phiyega work the "foot soldiers", not just high ranking officials. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Axed police chief Bheki Cele has stressed that newly appointed police commissioner Mangwashi Victoria "Riah" Phiyega work the "foot soldiers", not just high ranking officials. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Bheki Cele briefing in Pretoria

2012-06-13 16:38

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Johannesburg - Axed police chief  Bheki Cele on Wednesday advised newly appointed police commissioner Mangwashi Victoria "Riah" Phiyega to work with police officers who were out in the field every day, and not just the high ranking officials.

Cele was speaking at a news conference in Pretoria, a day after being fired by President Jacob Zuma.

He congratulated Phiyega, and said she has his backing.

Cele said although he did not know her, he believed Zuma would always choose competent people.

"She did not steal my job, she answered the same call I did three years ago."

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

"Work with the generals but make sure you work most with your foot soldiers," he said.

"Take care of the foot soldiers - they are the people fighting crime."




- SAPA
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