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Political interference is wrong - Top cop Phiyega

The new National Police Commissioner distinguishes between interference and involvement.

Newly appointed National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega speaking to the media on Thursday 14 June, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN
Jacob Zuma,SAPS,Riah Phiyega,National Police Commissioner,Police Commissioner,Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega
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PRETORIA - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has made it clear she knows she is not above the law, and will have to answer to both her political bosses and the public.

The general was introduced to the public on Thursday, two days after President Jacob Zuma fired Bheki Cele.

Just hours into her new job, journalists probed Phiyega on her future relationship with her bosses.

She said a distinction must be drawn between political interference and political involvement.

“Sometimes it is involvement. It’s legitimate and it’s got to happen. Other times it is interference, which is unnecessary and we need to ask ourselves how do we grapple with it?"

The General has committed to improving the image of the police service.

“To ensure that we can hand back to the cities of this country, the confidence, the safety and the trust that they are demanding,” she said.

“It is upon us to do so.”

Phiyega is expected to meet with management on Friday.

The new commissioner boasts an impressive resumé but has no experience in the security or police sectors.

It is widely speculated the president decided to appoint her because of her experience in more administrative positions.

The University of Limpopo awarded Phiyega a community work leadership honour.

She is a trained social worker but she has completed advanced studies in executive leadership and business administration.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)


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