ANC praises Phiyega appointment

2012-06-13 16:14


Newly-appointed national police commissioner Mangwashi Victoria "Riah" Phiyega will infuse renewed energy into the country's crime fighting effort, ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said on Wednesday.

"We are confident that under her able stewardship the country's crime statistics will continue decreasing as we continue to strive for safer and secure communities," he said in a statement.

Phiyega was appointed South Africa's first woman police commissioner on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma announced her appointment in Pretoria after "releasing" Bheki Cele from the post.

The African National Congress said the notion that only a trained police officer was capable of effectively leading the police service was both misguided and legally baseless.

"We reject such unhelpful and opportunistic noises."

Motshekga also congratulated all new appointees to the national executive and wished them well in their new positions.

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) welcomed Phiyega's appointment.

"The union notes the vast work experience which Phiyega brings into the SA Police Service as announced by Zuma," spokesman Theto Mahlakoana said in a statement.

The union said it also respected Zuma’s decision to release former police commissioner Cele from his duties and noted changes made to Cabinet.

"Popcru looks forward to a fruitful working relationship with the new appointees as we work towards a total transformation of the state," Mahlakoana said.

Phiyega currently chairs the presidential state-owned enterprises review committee and is a director at Tsa Rona Investments.

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.

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

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 16:18

    I think an effecient businesswoman in this position is a good thing. Let's hope now that crimes against women and children will be met with the full might of the law. NO mercy!

      Fourhundredkg - 2012-06-13 18:32

      So you two are saying the appointment is sexist - and that is a good thing?

  • Clarence - 2012-06-13 16:23

    Would have been great to have someone with at least a Masters Degree in Policing, Security or something related and experience in crime fighting. Surely there are hundreds of people this qualifications out there?

      jack.milosevic - 2012-06-13 16:43

      @ Clarence, Let me update you...... Work experience/education does not play a role in South Africa anymore. Only requirements needed is being a certain skin colour and having government connections.

      jackson.matuludi - 2012-06-14 01:00

      It is unfortunate she had a simple mandate to ensure that president is getting the second term in bloem n all those who were suspended by bheki n nhlanhla are reinstated, if she fails like nhlanhla she will shut up n go home.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-06-13 16:25

    That's what they do and say about every anc appointed person and then they show how incompetent they are, then they go in defense mode after being criticized, then allegations are made of them being corrupt and then we go into a year or 2 of denying everything and then they get busted and they get a big fat cheque for wasting SA's time and money...

      Anthony - 2012-06-13 16:29

      Now that,s well put.

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-13 16:46

      that' exactly the way things happen. well said.

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-13 17:32

      Hahaha true but you forgot to add that after they found guilty they get some incurable disease that prevents them serving their sentence and they live happily ever after in luxury houses, driving fancy cars and playing golf :-) Aaaah life in sunny SA !

      colleen.warren2 - 2012-06-13 17:32

      Why don't we just give her a chance. Only time will tell if she is successful or not.

  • Billy - 2012-06-13 16:28

    really?? shes going to do her job with a calucalor and statistics??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME

  • Loo - 2012-06-13 16:36

    Said that about the previous 3 criminals too

  • Stille - 2012-06-13 16:38

    She led an investigation into the fact that he cadre's defected to a UN refugee camp. So she was then privvy to the information that these so called soldiers were tortured and killed in these training camps. Now, she heads up the police force. Nice going comrades....soon the ruling party's colours will change to black and red....

  • Dave - 2012-06-13 16:48

    Hey, this ANC is funny. A women with no experience rather than a white man with years of experience. This ANC must be racists or just plain stupid

      vloermoer - 2012-06-13 17:01

      Just plain stupid racists ...

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-13 17:20


      henry.chimere - 2012-06-13 17:42

      I would have expected comments to be factual, honest and objective from my brothers and sisters of different color and political persuasion. But what I pick in the comments is something different. The tone is full of bitterness and disdain from the majority of those that have passed a comment. In most cases, the complexion of the comment is saturated with "ism" which I find very unfortunate. It is not my part to judge that most comments are full of mischief. I would have wished people zeroed in to issues of capacity, experience, qualification and commitment rather rather than throwing "isms" all over the show. Thank you.

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-13 18:28

      Henry, I would expect comments made by government to be honest and factual too! But they NOT.

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-06-13 17:07

    maybe , we will do it like the lotto , pick a number , jz really fudged up on this one, is she going to be another manto,take a once great health care system and run it into the ground , potato and beetroot will heal the aids virus, but back to bussiness, how can you appoint a person that has no clue of what to do in this field as it is a specialised field,no wonder why our saps officers are dispondent

      Brian - 2012-06-13 17:40


  • Ted - 2012-06-13 17:19

    Judging from comments posted against this appointment by the President, I really think a lot of us do not know the role of a Police Commissioner. They are always talking about someone with 'experience'! Experience in what? That role just needs a leader who understands organisations. The police is not made up of just the personnel you see in the street. Have you ever wondered why the job of President has no mimimum qualifications, yet you can't be a primary school teacher without one? What 'experience' has DA's Mazibuko? Think!

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-13 17:25

      Ted - 90% of the problem is that people have ZERO confidence or trust in Zoom's choice of appointments. You think?

      henry.chimere - 2012-06-13 18:11

      In response to your contribution on experience, allow me to explain this way. Being a police personnel for a long time does not necessarily give one credentials to lead. The experience that I would like to restrict myself in this debate is that of leadership. An accomplished leader will always perform irrespective of the industry or area you put them in. True, capacity and qualification is good but can be better with experience. The new commissioner has what it takes to lead and succeed in her new role. She is an experienced leader. What she needs now is the support to carry her mandate. If she does not perform she will be removed like everyone else. Thank you for listening to my views. I will listen to others views.

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-13 18:20

      Like I said Henry... I don't think this is about her. I think its the fact that JZ placed her and no one trusts his judgement based on past experience - whether it be total incompetence or corruption

      Allan - 2012-06-14 08:55

      The commissioner needs to keep the many existing Generals accountable for the positions and area of responsibility they hold. As such the commissioner is not responsible for the day to day operation of the police its up to the Generals. If we expect the commissioner to run the operational side of the police why would we need the Generals?

  • vincent.sutherlanddadds - 2012-06-13 18:14

    Social worker, human resources specialist, twice sent away by Ramos. As good as Selebi and Cele and probably as useless.

  • ntjeke.wilfred - 2012-06-13 19:15

    6 wives didn't take this personally?

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-13 19:27

      Nope lol... They under the spear

  • iamgiselahack - 2012-06-13 19:17

    Oh well if the ANC says it's okay then it must be! (sarcasm overload)

  • phumlani.veliti - 2012-06-13 19:42

    I wont be corrupt nor corrupted \r\n\r\n- Victoria \r\n\r\nlol

  • collins.makgopa - 2012-06-13 23:22

    The country need a meticulous leader nt some1 who wil carry a gun en publicly say shoot 2 kill.We nid sum1 2 fight corruption within SAPS en crime in de country. that need a leadership credentials...Her experience spiks volume.

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