PRETORIA - Businesswoman Mangwashi Phiyega has been named as the country’s first female national police commissioner.
President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday.
He also announced that suspended top cop Bheki Cele has been fired from his post.
Phiyega hails from Polokwane in Limpopo and she is the current chairperson of the Presidential Review Committee.
“It is my pleasure to announce the new national police commissioner today, who takes office with immediate effect. She is Miss Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega,” Zuma said.
Phiyega has a Masters degree in social sciences, and previously served as Absa chairperson and worked for the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) task team.
During Tuesday’s press conference, Zuma praised Cele for his vigor and for raising morale within the police force.
According to the president, Cele's downfall was as a result of his administrative conduct in the police headquarters deal.
In 2011, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a damning report into the Pretoria and Durban deals.
Zuma then appointed Judge Jake Moloi to head up an inquiry looking into Cele's fitness to hold office.
The deals were worth a combined total of R1.6 billion and were to be leased from businessman Roux Shabangu.
Earlier in June, a report leaked to media revealed that the inquiry called for Cele’s dismissal.
On Friday, Cele’s spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize said the inquiry was factually flawed.
(Edited by Zethu Zulu & Clare Matthes)