S Africa – mixed reaction to woman as top cop

City Press

The appointment of South Africa’s first black woman top cop drew mixed reactions, with opposition parties questioning her lack of police experience.

But Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa believed Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega was the right person for the job.

“We believe that her appointment is well deserved as her CV speaks volumes and that her previous achievements in various management echelons are not coincidental but achieved through dedication and hard work,” the minister said yesterday.

President Jacob Zuma announced Phiyega’s appointment yesterday afternoon, after axing General Bheki Cele as national police commissioner.

Mthethwa said: “Based on her previous and current expertise, Phiyega brings wealth of experience on strategic leadership and sound management background, both from public service and private sector.

“We believe such vast experience will stand her in good stead as she steers the SAPS towards better compliance, systems integration, effective and greater accountability.”

Phiyega is currently the chair of the presidential review committee on state-owned enterprises, and deputy chair of the independent commission on the remuneration of office bearers.  Read more…

Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega

See also – Unmasking SA’s new top cop: Who is Mangwashi Phiyega? http://mg.co.za/article/2012-06-12-unmasking-mangwashi-phiyega

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