He’s always wanted to be a policeman. His father was a cop, as were his uncles and he can’t think of a time when he didn’t want to work in the field of law enforcement. But if his dad had his way, South Africa’s new police commissioner would’ve become a teacher.
“I didn’t like that,” says General Sehlahle Fannie Masemola, the man now occupying one of the hottest seats in the civil service. “My first choice was to be a police official, and other choices were to be a lawyer or a magistrate.”
With the support of his uncle, he pursued his dream and after rising through the ranks in various positions, he’s now tasked with turning around a police force that’s widely seen as ineffective and corrupt.