Johannesburg: South Africa has its first woman national police chief, the President announced on Tuesday, after the previous chief was caught up in a financial mismanagement scandal and the one before that was jailed for corruption.
The appointment of Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega, whom the governing African National Congress said was the first woman to hold the job, comes amid questions about whether capable officials are leading the fight against high levels of violent crime in South Africa.
President Jacob Zuma, who seven months ago suspended now-former police chief Bheki Cele, has been accused of acting too slowly to address public concerns about policing.
According to a report released in February, Cele violated laws and regulations by failing to seek competitive bids when leasing police offices. Zuma said yesterday that he had fired Cele, a move rumoured for days in the local media.