Riah Phiyega's full response to Bheki Cele

2015-04-22 14:43
Riah Phiyega (Picture: Beeld)

Riah Phiyega (Picture: Beeld)

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It is such a pity that Deputy Minister Bheki Cele has chosen to personalise this issue.

The SAPS is a huge institution and much bigger than any individual. I was appointed with a specific mandate which is to transform, professionalise and build a sustainable platform for a new SAPS, in line with the National Development Plan.

I am sure that Bheki Cele had his mandate too when he had the opportunity to manage the SAPS, but it is my turn now.

In one of Bheki Cele’s parting shots, he is quoted as having said: “I wish the new police commissioner the best of luck. Remember, she did not steal my job.

“She answered the same call I did three years ago. The only thing worth obsessing about is the safety of our people … I will miss the police as an organisation.

“I believe the police will miss the maverick Cele.”

Maybe he should stick to this, because I think this was and still is an excellent parting shot for a person who reckons with his journey, a person who marches on to his new assignment and destiny.

He must accept that the SAPS is in the hands of new leadership. He must accept that he no longer holds the baton.

He must allow the current leadership and the SAPS team to do what they are called to do, which is to serve and protect the inhabitants of this country.  

No amount of disparagement is going to change my resolve to make my contribution to the organisation at this time that I am given the opportunity to make a difference.

In the Bible, Lot’s wife Edith became a pillar of salt after she looked back. She could not appreciate her future journey. She was locked into her past life. This is why she was calcified.

The SAPS team is on a journey. We are not looking back. My advice to Bheki Cele is to continue walking as his contribution to the SAPS is on the scroll and was noticed.

I will respond in more detail at the right time, because what Bheki raises, is a red herring and he knows that he is clutching at straws.

Let me share two precious little words once again: “Nice try”.

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