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Phiyega taking time to settle in

Phiyega says she needs a few weeks to familiarise herself with her new job.

Police Minister Nathi Mtethwa and newly appointed National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN
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PRETORIA - Newly appointed National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on Thursday said she needs a few weeks to familiarise herself with her new job before tackling pressing issues.

She will have to deal with the controversy surrounding suspended Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

Police minister Nathi Mthethwa introduced the general to the public at a briefing in Pretoria on Thursday.

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday fired Bheki Cele from his post following the Judge Jake Moloi inquiry.

The commission was established to investigate Cele’s fitness to hold office after he was implicated in the controversial police headquarters deal.

Phiyega dismissed several questions linked to certain issues, saying it was too early to address them.

“I will not go into detail with strategies. It is safe to say we will work towards achieving targets and priorities set for this financial year.”

Phiyega was confident that she would positively contribute to the force.

“I have had quite an illustrious career, both in the public and private sector.”

Mthethwa called on the nation to give the new general time to settle into her new role.

She is scheduled to meet with police management on Friday.

The police force has been rocked by a number of scandals in recent years.

In July 2009, Jackie Selibi was fired from his post over corruption claims and was subsequently sentenced to 15-years in prison.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)


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