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South Africa appoints social worker new national police chief

Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega. Photo courtesy of the Guardian.

Social worker Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega has been appointed the new police chief of South Africa’s troubled national police force, a move protested by the police union, according to this article in The Guardian.

President Jacob Zuma hopes Phiyega will help put a dent in corruption among police and help lower the nation’s high crime rate and violence and rapes of women.

However, the South African Police Union is displeased a non-police officer has been appointed to the position.

“Her appointment is a vote of no confidence in the senior police management,” said Johan Burger, a former high-ranking officer who is now a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies. “There are many good, honest and hard-working officers in the senior ranks, and this is a slap in the face. It’s humiliating to have someone brought in from outside.”

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