Top cop vows integrity, excellence
NEWLY appointed national police commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, on Sunday had blessings and pledges of support bestowed on her when she visited her church in Atteridgeville.
The slew of well wishes from the Tshwane Uniting Reformed Church congregants left Phiyega with tears of joy as she was accompanied into the church by her husband, Advocate Elias Phiyega
On arrival she was led by a youth brass band accompanied by dancing, ululating and singing members into the church where she was welcomed by the Reverend Jackie Molawa with a hug.
She occupies several leadership positions in the church.
When the couple was called to the front, they knelt before Rev Molawa, who prayed for them, praying that she would do her job with good leadership and integrity.
After receiving the blessings and words of encouragement from the Bible, Phiyega took to the podium and vowed to do her job with integrity and put service to others before her own interests.
"I subscribe to the school of thought of ISE, meaning integrity, service to others before self and excellence," she said.
Phiyega was appointed in the place of former commissioner Bheki Cele, who was axed by President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday. She said taking on the job of the top cop was like fighting a David versus Goliath battle.
She said when she was informed of the appointment, she could not run away because she has the God-given strength and knowledge to perform the job.