File: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has ordered police to up their game or face a probe into their fitness to wear blue.
PRETORIA - Police commissioner Riah Phiyega insisted she was competent enough to lead the South African Police Service, despite not being a police officer.
The police commissioner was speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria on Saturday, as she reflected on her first year in office.
Phiyega said one didn&39;t have to be a career cop to be a manager. She said her experience of leading other companies was useful to the police service.
The commissioner had taken over the position a month prior to the Marikana massacre, which cast a reflection of the country&39;s violent apartheid days on present-day South Africa.
At the press briefing on Saturday, Phiyega said the public focused on the police service&39;s shortcomings, but they needed to note the achievements too.
A "state of art forensic laboratory" and a "resourced detective environment" were two examples she provided in reference to the SAPS&39; achievements.
Of the goals she set for her next year in her position, Phiyega said she intended on bringing back retired detectives to benefit from their experience and to ask them to mentor and coach other officers.