South Africa: Zuma Fires Cele, Names New Ministers

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South Africa's first female National Police Commissioner, Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega.

Pretoria — President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday announced the dismissal of General Bheki Cele as national police chief, and several changes to the national executive.

He told reporters in Pretoria he had decided to "release" Cele following a recommendation by the board of inquiry into his conduct, led by Justice Jake Moloi.

"Having thoroughly considered the report of the board, and applied my mind thereto, I have decided to release General Cele from his duties," Zuma said.

Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega replaces Cele. She is currently the chair of the presidential review committee on state owned enterprises, and deputy chair of the independent commission on the remuneration of office bearers.

"Ms Phiyega brings a wealth of experience as a senior executive, who understands the responsibility of government in the fight against crime, and the duties imposed in dealing with state assets," Zuma said.

"I have every confidence that she will show leadership and acquit herself well as national commissioner. We wish her all the best in her new assignment."

The president announced the appointment of several new ministers and deputy ministers. The new appointees are:

  •  Public Service and Administration Minister: Lindiwe Sisulu.
  •  Defence Minister: Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula.
  •  Transport Minister: Ben Martins.
  •  Correctional Services Minister: Sibusiso Ndebele.
  •  Deputy Transport Minister: Sindisiwe Chikunga.
  •  Deputy Public Enterprises Minister: Gratitude Magwanishe.
  •  Deputy Public Works Minister: Jeremy Cronin
  •  Deputy Economic Development Minister: Hlengiwe Mkhize.
  •  Deputy Higher Education Minister: Mduduzi Manana.

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