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Phiyega ready to learn

SA’s new police commissioner said she will lead and act decisively.

Newly appointed National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega speaking to the media on Thursday 14 June, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

PRETORIA - Newly appointed National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on Thursday conceded that she does not have any policing experience, but said she is ready to learn.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa introduced the general to the public at a briefing in Pretoria.

President Jacoba Zuma on Tuesday announced Phiyega's appointment, shortly after he fired Bheki Cele.

On Thursday, she said she will approach her new role with an open mind.

"In order to succeed, I acknowledge that it is necessary to consult, listen and learn.

Phiyega said she brings a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors, which she will put to good use.

"This will be complemented by leading and acting decisively. Our mandate is that of fighting crime."

She also discussed various issues with her political bosses.

On Friday, Phiyega is scheduled to meet with police management.