Zuma appoints woman as police chief

2012-06-12 16:24

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday appointed Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega as the new national police commissioner.

Phiyega, who is currently the chairperson of the presidential review committee on state owned enterprises and the deputy chairperson of the independent commission on the remuneration of office bearers, takes over from acting police commisioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

Mkhwanazi had held the role while former police boss Bheki Cele was suspended. Cele was fired by Zuma on Tuesday.

  • gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-06-12 16:28

    Why, why, why???? Surely you should have someone with some sort of policing background in charge?????

      mukosit - 2012-06-12 16:38

      Bring back my machine gun.....

      shudusO - 2012-06-12 16:44

      I still say unless the ANC changes its leadership, it will never get any do you pick someone in the business world and give her control over Broken SAPS? how? Can we get someone who knows what it means to train like a soldier and work like a Police?...unless if SAPS is a business that they are using to make money.

      John - 2012-06-12 16:48

      No, no, this is actually a cunning move from the old guy. It will be seen as progressive and a move for gender equality. Ergo, women's vote in the bag, dudes. Zoomer has 'plannetjies'. The old fox.

      Willie - 2012-06-12 16:52

      it remains to be seen

      Abby - 2012-06-12 16:57

      These with policing backgrounds arew too ambitious, e.g. Mdluli has caused the president a lot of trouble. Good choice no 1

      John - 2012-06-12 16:59

      The choice was a political one, nothing else. I'm listening to radio and calls from women are flooding in in favour of appointment. Very astute and strategic decision by Zoomer.

      Nicholas - 2012-06-12 17:05

      Agreed, policing is highly specialized and you need someone in the job who can manage and understand police and police work. We need another George Fivaz but unfortunately politics trumps again.

      omonaija - 2012-06-12 17:25

      If i may ask ,what are the people in the union buildings smoking?

      Sharon - 2012-06-12 17:28

      most with a policing background are corrupt,perhaps now a new broom will sweep clean

      john.nel.927 - 2012-06-12 17:35

      Without being sexist (my culture) aren't Black men - the majority of police officers - unwilling to take orders from a woman? I understand Black culture views women as lesser beings (note... Traditional Bill) and they will for the most just disrespect and ignore her, no matter how competent and good her leadership. So Zuma sets the police up for another disaster. Could he have an agenda to deliberately be disempowering the police so that the pigs at the trough can gorge themselves uninterrupted and the have not's can steal, rape and loot from those of us that earn an honest living?

      benn.sadie - 2012-06-12 17:49

      God help SA and I mean it

      renofinch - 2012-06-12 17:59

      I think the requirements nowadays for ANC ministers and high profile people must be highly weighted toward basic skills. For example out of a possible 10 point requirement, reading=2, writing=2, reading what you're about to sign=5, previous experience=1. In other words Phiyega scored a high 9/10!

      davorin.dobrovic - 2012-06-12 18:49

      That was my exact thought when I saw this article. How can someone with no experience in policing be expected to govern the police...

      John - 2012-06-12 18:58

      @Gerhard - Of course they don't, why would you need someone in such a high office to have any sort of experience? I mean isn't that how we do things around here :)

      Sharon - 2012-06-12 19:07

      All that I can say is that our president is obviously clueless. Clearly in his mind experience and knowledge of the law is not a necessary requirement for this job. What a crying shame - he had such a wonderful opportunity to prove us all wrong.

      thefat.canarie - 2012-06-12 19:11

      know this woman!! I worked with her! She cares deeply about people and is NOT a racist! She has an unwaivering intergrity and has a MA degree she got with hards study at a SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITY! she is a Pedi and comes from Limpopo! She is not going to take nonsense and corrupt policemen and government officials! RUN! RIAH PHIYEGA is uncorruptable and she is SQUEEKY CLEAN! unlike the Top brass of the POLICE who could not be truted to be appointed into the position! As for the men and women in Blue!!! Yo are getting the best boss ever! Phiyega for president!!!

      boeretroos.redakteur - 2012-06-12 20:06

      The reason why zumo choose her, is because she is a rubber stamp, has no knowledge, would not be able to deliver, would embarres south africa, is an anc cadre member, is a pagan, hates whites because of her previous job as a janitor, will willingly allow the people under her command to committ huge atrocious things, would not be accountable because of her ignorance, has no knowledge of what the world expects from a police force, was a statue in her previous job, is a good drinking buddy and probably a future wife of zumo ???

      vloermoer - 2012-06-13 04:33

      Now she is the General Ousie

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-13 06:26

      Agreed Gerhard I would have thought that being appointed to the post would mean that the appointee has some experience in law enforcement. Is there no other candidate that would have been more suited to the post....perhaps the DA has such a person? I suspect the individual appointed has close ties to Zuma or is allied to Zuma in some way and is expected to perfom the duties of police commisioner in the manner of a rubber stamp. I would also not be at all surprised to find that he has had an affair with the appointee or is having an affair with said appointee.

      Schmee - 2012-06-13 10:07

      Isn't the public prosecutor a woman. Isn't she doing a darn fine job against all odds?

      shanthal.davids - 2012-06-13 10:28

      My thoughts exactly it goes to show once again our president have no idea what he is doing!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Jacqui - 2012-06-13 10:39

      Gerhard, did Cele have such a background?.

      Ec - 2012-06-13 11:03

      The main criteria was: "Must be able to recognize or familiarize yourself with the "SPEAR" .......

      tj.meerken - 2012-06-13 11:40

      White ppl wat tym does a plane to australia or new zealand leaves?,this country is runned by idiots......m out

      balan.morgen - 2012-06-13 12:07

      And she is going to be zuma's seventh wife.

      rainbow.nation.39 - 2012-06-13 13:55

      I say give her a chance. Who knows with a woman at the helm perhaps the way rape victims ect.. are treated when reporting a case will be improved on. Also , with her admin skills ect.. she can perhaps focus on creating a system where police dockets ect.. cant be "lost" and sort out the back log in paper work which men always seem to avoid.

      Preshen - 2012-06-13 15:46

      She looks like a Dude

      Harry - 2012-06-13 15:56

      Obviously Zuma is more concerned about money. His main reason for firing Cele is that he lacked financial administration background, hence he appointed this lady who have no experience at all in the field of police but because she is good in handling/wasting money- thats fine with the pres.

      Denise - 2012-06-13 22:19

      The ANC government’s sinister objectives are the reason why they don’t want straight-thinking no-nonsense leaders running the Police Force in this country. Zuma could have made his choice from hundreds of highly qualified senior officers, but the Police Force is the last place where these comrades need competent, stable and experienced managers sitting in high places, because communists aren’t too fond of managers who do their jobs too well. Bheki Cele’s troubles started soon after he started eradicating criminal elements inside the Police Force. By May 2010 more than 10,000 police officers were behind bars. Now they’ve given the job to a social worker with no policing experience. Social workers normally have an inclination to show a sympathetic attitude towards criminals.

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-06-12 16:29

    I don't know her but I do hope she is better than the last bunch of commisioners we have had.

      Keith - 2012-06-12 17:36

      yes all other smoke weed bro maybe she only drinks Savana or espirit soft drinks

      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-12 21:19

      You guys misplaced loyalty can be admired but you prefer to ignore the fact that he was, like most of the ANC, and especially hangdick showerhead just another incompetant cadre, who was not appointed on exsperience and intelligence but to be a lakey to the president. Now it's even worse.. we will see what a dumb broad can do when it comes to managing such a controversial post without having a clue of Police Management. Just hope she is not corruptable. Then and only then will she be a success. Hope she makes the grade.

  • Siyabulela - 2012-06-12 16:29

    JZ Lost the Rythm , I call Malema Rythms to Lead Umshini Wam.Probably He will let his 'Mshini wam' to that Woman Appointed.

  • Kate - 2012-06-12 16:30

    Maybe she'll employ me...

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-06-12 16:43

      You can tidy my garden, Toti

      Bomb - 2012-06-12 17:42

      @Tsotsi...too bad that money cant buy you a personality, brains or friends.

      John - 2012-06-12 18:00

      Tsotsi, go buy Zimbabwe and live there then. It's time to spread your wings and be your own spear....somewhere else...

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-12 18:31

      @Tolli-baby, filthy rich, with the emphasis on filthy. You come here with stolen/blood dollars from ZIMBOBWE and claim you are filthy rich? I have a better job for you than being a garden boy. Please sharpen your teeth, i need some one that can groom my dogs nails with his mouth and you seems to be the perfect idiot/candidate. Oh by the way, have you not noticed that the ZIM dollar has no value, not even in ZIMBOBWE!

      Juan - 2012-06-12 19:57

      Wow does gardeners get paid that well that they can afford mansions totsi?

  • Rodney - 2012-06-12 16:30

    Yet another with no police background whatsoever. How long before her face is feeding in the same trough as the rest of the ANC government?

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-06-12 16:30

    WTF?!?!?! Jacob you are a right royal moron you know that? the Police Commissioner needs to be a person who has experience in the police force.. or has the Bheki Cele incident not taught you ANYTHING?

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-12 18:52

      @Rowan, please relax. The spear has only standard 3 so he cannot think, has no brains. He is hoping to spear her, that is why he appointed her. I appoint you, I spear you, that is his method of reasoning!

      Jacqui - 2012-06-13 10:47

      Rowan, actually s Police Commissioner needs experience in delegating and running a tight ship. He/she needs to know where the taxes are and where it is going and he/she needs to see that those so called upon follow orders. What makes you think she isn't capable of doing so?. Besides she may be an ace with a gun, but when is she suppose to use it?.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-06-12 16:30

    THis must be a joke as it is not April 1st. Another Cadre appointment with no policing background. If JZ had a mind he could have applied it but sadly he does not!

      Keith - 2012-06-12 17:38

      Its called afirmative action madam.She was appointed according the Constitution guys.No discriminationation between male and female

  • troll - 2012-06-12 16:30

    well woman is all about security, i think she will do better.

  • Amanda - 2012-06-12 16:31

    well done ZUMA Hahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • thabo.mokoena.92 - 2012-06-12 16:31

    I dnt really care if its a woman or not. As long as she can deliver.

      ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-06-12 20:31

      Deliver WHAT ???????

  • lskosana3 - 2012-06-12 16:32

    We hope she'll restore our faith in the force. Good luck lady!

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-13 06:35

      May the force be with sure as hell isn't with anybody else.

  • Michael - 2012-06-12 16:33

    She is just one of his close colleague/comrades... what's new?

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-06-12 16:36

      Always negative.You are probably the saddest person on Earth #Power to the people though

      mmredlana - 2012-06-12 16:54

      True that Micheal,probably a gangster or a termagant.

      Clive - 2012-06-12 21:11

      "The people" have political power, Totsi, and look what they've done with it.

      Vlad - 2012-06-13 06:40

      TSOTSI-BABY-------reading your comments,,,,I want to say -Are you normal?

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-06-14 10:10

      Power to the DA

  • ndebeleisrael - 2012-06-12 16:33

    Politics is politics

      Vlad - 2012-06-13 06:41

      Politics must be cleverly done...not like that

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-06-12 16:35

    Must have serious connections now we go further backwards. Another one to retire on two years with all the earnings. At this rat sorry to say but even God will give up hope here.

      calvin.n.phiri - 2012-06-14 12:09

      God never give up on anyone, this is a proven Biblical point not a political point.

  • dentamokhabz - 2012-06-12 16:35

    Until someone with the police background from constable climbing the ladders Saps will never come right. This political appointments is degrading the police status.

  • mlungisi.crush - 2012-06-12 16:36

    She must prove us wrong!!!! Wathinta umfazi wathinta imbokodwe!!!!!

  • Vic - 2012-06-12 16:38

    Oh no! Another blunder by Zuma. Not the fact that it is a woman, but she has NO police experience!

  • John - 2012-06-12 16:39

    What is Oom Zoomer up to?

      Lesiba C Mmotlana - 2012-06-12 16:42

      he want to marry her may be!!!

      Keith - 2012-06-12 17:41

      sharpening his spear 5centsworth

      John - 2012-06-12 17:56

      LOL!!! :)

  • George - 2012-06-12 16:39

    She deserves a chance to prove herself. It is one of the most critical jobs in the country. With the right attitude, character and respect for people anything is possible. We simply cannot sacrifice more South African lives to crime.

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-06-12 17:27

      Zoomer want someone who's learning curve he can direct, someone who will not know right from wrong as experienced, so the directives of Zoomer as to right or wrong will be accepted and followed. He will teach her as a child is taught by the parents to follow their believes, their religion and their ways.

      BulletProof - 2012-06-12 19:08

      @Trurio.Spot ON.

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-13 06:41

      Uh?.... George... have you not notices something? The only thing she has to prove is compliant and flexible.

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-06-12 16:40

    When is Zuma going to learn that we need Professionals not Politicians in these type of Positions? Zuma you were the one talking about cadre deployment has failed but you still do it moron

  • Michael - 2012-06-12 16:40

    Sounds qualified...he picked her name out a hat..or maybe after a BJ

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-13 06:43

      Oh ye of little

  • Carol - 2012-06-12 16:41

    Does this people even go through an "interview" process where the Top Candidate gets the job? Why is Sally de Beer not appointed/considered? Is it because she is white? If the answer is Yes…it just shows how ignorant, narrow-minded and racialist our Government really is....

  • tom.vorster - 2012-06-12 16:42

    Can we not have someone who has a TINY little bit of police experience? Another yebo/yes cadre who will quickly find Richard Mduli is fit to hold his position.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-06-12 16:42

    Not funny - once again a career policeman/woman is overlooked

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-06-12 16:42

    I honestly dont understand this crap!!! there are men and women who have been serving in the SAPS for years! why would they wanna appoint a chick that sat the whole day playing FreeCell and Solataire?? WHY WHY WHY!!

      Francois - 2012-06-12 16:50

      Well said you hit the nail on the head? Why why?

      Vic - 2012-06-12 16:58

      Mpotsiseng, good point. It's a slap in the face for all the capable police men and woman, who have the qualifications to fill the post.

      Michael - 2012-06-12 17:18

      its not what you know its who you know.

      Vlad - 2012-06-13 06:38

      Shows something?A?

  • Motho - 2012-06-12 16:44

    But Mr President, teh lady doesn't have background in policing be in practice or academia; therefore, you are not solving problem but creating one. If I am not mistaken, she comes from business world and most of have exposure has been in financial services.

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-12 18:59

      @Motho, you said it, from a financial background, meaning she will look after her and ZOOMER financial pockets, while he is spearing her as repayment for the nice cosy job with huge salary. Just watch, in 2 months time there will be another ZOOMERTJIE on its way!!!!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-12 22:18

      ..Dont get upset but she has a Masters degree in Criminology, Roman Dutch Law - Common Law and Mercantile law amongst her other 23 specialist subjects. I too refered to her as an "ignorant broad" but have since done some homework - not google- but varsity records...and I am a stauch DA voter. So.. I hope she makes it..only time will tell

      Squeegee - 2012-06-13 16:11

      Well Alan - time will tell. I don't envy her the task. If she does well I will be cheering her on. Unfortunately I think that there is just too much politics and too much money and too many vested interests involved. For all our sakes I hope she does well.

  • Pete - 2012-06-12 16:44

    Great! Another non-policeman to police the police. Who's taking bets as to how long she lasts? 3 months? Six months??

      carina.vantonder.31 - 2012-06-12 17:04

      No pete, the guys up there take longer than that to discover their mistakes

  • tom.vorster - 2012-06-12 16:45

    No disrespect to women police officers, but the last three appointed to run our local police station were totally ignored by their male subordinates making them completely ineffective.

      Cosmic - 2012-06-13 08:28

      But the worst part is they go out to prove something and make a bigger mess of things

  • Jacob Zooma - 2012-06-12 16:47

    comon guys give her a chance, I believe she can do the job! and i'm looking for wife numba 7 hehehehehe

      thefat.canarie - 2012-06-12 19:20

      I know this woman!! I worked with her! She cares deeply about people and is NOT a racist! She has an unwaivering integrity and has a MA degree she got with hard study at a SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITY! she is a Pedi and comes from Limpopo! She is not going to take nonsense and corrupt policemen and govt officials! RIAH PHIYEGA is uncorruptable and she is SQUEEKY CLEAN! unlike the Top brass of the POLICE who could not be trsuted to be appointed into the position! One word for corrupt policemen and govt officials! RUN!!! Phiyega for president!

  • Scouter - 2012-06-12 16:48

    It's all just going from bad to worse. I'm not going to even ask about the credentials necessary in most countries to occupy such a position....... Next stop ....... a 'CIO' to intimidate one and all.

      shanthal.davids - 2012-06-13 11:13

      It seems to me you don't need any credentials or experience or even a senior certificate to occupy as head of any top position in parliament

  • louisjven - 2012-06-12 16:48

    Again a person that knows nothing about policing

  • maurits.w.hagg - 2012-06-12 16:49

    Gee regtig nie om of sy 'n vrou is of nie, solank sy net haar job doen en nie ook korrup is nie!

  • camp.j - 2012-06-12 16:50

    This is like a kick in the balls for Mkhwanazi, acting police commissioner, why not him? He comes across as a "good cop"?

      madmcmax - 2012-06-12 18:10

      @janine, you got it babe. Mkhwanazi was not biddable and did things his own way. He wasn't going to be pushed around or intimidated by the kleptocrats in the Union Buildings, sorry Luthuli House. Well I suppose it is the same thing. Zuma needs someone who will keep him and his pals out of jail.

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-06-12 16:53

    Until a hard working ,dedicated career cop is appointed to this position instead of people with party-political connections i dont think we're getting anywhere. Yes the lady might be a hardworking professional but history has taught us that police are very good at closing ranks and don't take kindly to what they may perceive as an outsider amongst their ranks. I just hope she doesn't taint her record by acceptiing this position.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-12 16:54

    god help us. three in a row. crime is one of our biggest issues in south africa and this is who you put in charge of the saps??? were you looking for a police chief or a puppet who will tow the line?

  • Gavin - 2012-06-12 16:56

    Congrats JZ - you hit rock bottom and started to dig yourself even deeper.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-12 19:50

      Jacob thinks the amagogo will look after him.

  • Thelma Tshiovhe - 2012-06-12 16:57

    the president must be jokinng, Mukhwanazi was fit for that office, he had all the basics of the police to police the police, jaah disaster again

  • Thukza - 2012-06-12 16:57

    The title should have read \Mdluli goes free as Zuma appoints new...\

  • Wayne - 2012-06-12 17:00

    So, a good career policewoman then? WTF qualifies her for the job? What was wrong with Mkwhanazi? Oh yes, he pissed JZ off by doing his job too well. What an absolute joke.

  • cry.mashiane - 2012-06-12 17:01

    A career policewoman/man will never be appointed to be the National Police Commisioner because one of the requirements for that post is being a sheep for the ruling party

  • mbiko.madlenya - 2012-06-12 17:01

    I hope Zuma has not destroyed that young man Mkhwananzi's career for nothing. He deserved more support than Zuma and Nathi Mthethwa gave him. I can't wait for the lead up to the next ANC congress after Mangaung because we will see all these choices forcing Zuma out of his comfort zone and following Mbeki into the wilderness

      Dee - 2012-06-12 17:48

      Me too .... Mkhwanazi really won my respect.

  • mbulelosofuthe - 2012-06-12 17:02


      Cynthia - 2012-06-13 11:35

      What's with the question mark? State your opinion.

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-14 06:25


  • tobela.maki - 2012-06-12 17:03

    Msholozi,u clueless nw.Mkwanazi was the man for dat job.keep on draging our country 2 the mud...

  • Sewela Marcia Rapudubudu - 2012-06-12 17:04

    Bravo JZ maybe it will make some different, nice move

  • keith.recore - 2012-06-12 17:06

    Of course it is best to wait to judge her performance, but surely there is one police person already in the service who has a clean record and could have commanded the respect of the people and the police service members. On it's face an opportunity missed by Zuma, again. Certainly much success to her in the most difficult position he has put her in.

  • herman.brummer - 2012-06-12 17:06

    How long before she is found corrupt?

  • Shiko - 2012-06-12 17:09

    Dumele General: for yr info: no promotion in the saps,lieutenant and Captain are on same notch which means no command and control.Warrant officers and Constables are more than 10yrs on their ranks and depressed.Officers are driving all new cars and own all new equipments. When old they are given to the poor lower rank members.There's more problems to deal with mama. I trust yr leadership.

  • Erna - 2012-06-12 17:11

    Don't know who she is but she is described as 'a business woman' on 702 news. Is there really no one in the police service who is suitable? One would think that being a police commissioner requires some experience in how the department works?

  • Oom - 2012-06-12 17:11

    You know what... This lady may have very little experience in the field, but give her a chance. Who knows, we may have someone who takes the position seriously for a change. No ego to feed. You go girl, do your best, we need you to make it happen..!!

      thefat.canarie - 2012-06-12 19:28

      OOM, I know this woman!! I worked with her! She cares deeply about people and is NOT a racist! She has an unwaivering intergrity and has a MA degree she got with hard study at a SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITY! she is a Pedi and comes from Limpopo! She is not going to take nonsense and corrupt policemen and govent officials! RUN! RIAH PHIYEGA is uncorruptable and she is SQUEEKY CLEAN! unlike the Top brass of the POLICE who could not be trsuted to be appointed into the position! She is a formiddable woman! I can tell you I respect her capabilities! AND I AM A WHITE GUY SAYING THIS! DIE KORRUPTE REGERINGSAMPTENARE EN POLISIEMANNE GAAN KAAAAK ONDER HAAR! HAHAHAHA!

      Oom - 2012-06-13 12:56

      fATCANARY.. Well I sure hope it works out for the better. People are so quick to criticize, but the fact that she is not a racist, will make it 100% better than it’s ever been. I listened to Mr Cele this morning on the radio, and he was right on cue, all his bad luck was because of the “minority controlled press”. Out comes the race card again. Funny how the race card always gets pulled when they mess up. Lets hope that you are right about the new lady....NO RACE CARDS...!!!

      Schmee - 2012-06-14 09:48

      Good to hear that FatCanary. I was getting sick of sexist comment like "wife no 7" and a woman can't do the job etc etc. Besides it won't take much to be better than her predecessors. I really hope she shows these sexist idiots that she was appointed on merit. Personally I think she is being sent in because of her business background. Besides she started off her career as a social worker and has obviously seen what evil does to innocent people.

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-06-12 17:11

    Zuma 1st put Gauteng,the province with highest crime in Africa under a woman now another lady 2 face all criminals of Africa that are flowing in2 Mzanzi. Some1 draw a mind of Zuma with the shape of a pussy please! Nxa,Mzanzi is rotten str8!