BREAKING NEWS: National Police Commissioner Suspended For Being Born A Man

(PIC) SA national police commissioner, Bra Victor Phiyega

(PIC) SA national police commissioner, Bra Victor Phiyega

She was born in Polokwane, a city housed in a province which has eighty percent of their women looking like men. So when she was introduced as the new National Police Commissioner by President Jacob Zuma, South Africans didn’t pay much attention to her [rather masculine] appearance. She was from Limpopo, after all.

But according to a newspaper report published this afternoon, Riah Phiyega has been [secretly] put on special leave pending an investigation about her true gender. It has emerged that she was actually born a man.

“The national police commissioner was born a Victor Phiyega, not a Victoria Riah Phiyega as she claims,” the newspaper article read in part.

The article breathlessly described Phiyega’s childhood as a little boy who loved playing “skotch” barefooted in the dusty streets of Polokwane, along with damning quotes from Phiyega’s alleged childhood friends who confirmed the worst; she was once a he.

Questions around Phiyega’s true gender has been whispered across SAPS corridors, with many calling her “the Castor Semenya of politics”.

Although a statement issued by Riah Phiyega’s office did not confirm nor deny her suspension, they have undermined the credibility of the allegations.

“South Africans, particularly black women, still have a long way to go in embracing who they are… If you are not light enough, or prefer your hair short and natural, and don’t like wearing makeup, you are therefore given all kinds of derogatory names.

“We pray for the day when women will wake up and realise that beauty cannot sustain them. With her dark skin and short natural hair, Victoria Riah Phiyega defied her poor background to become one of the world’s most educated and powerful women. She is Africa’s very first female national police commissioner – a level most of her Barbie-doll critics will never achieve in this lifetime,” read the strong-worded statement.

Riah Phiyega received a BA degree in Social Work from the University of the North, a BA Hons degree in Social Sciences from Unisa, an MA degree in Social Sciences from the University of Johannesburg and a postgraduate diploma in Business Administration from the University of Wales in Cardiff.

She was a Group Executive at Absa Bank Limited, a board member of Absa Actuaries and trustee of the Absa Foundation. She was also a Group Executive at Transnet and served on numerous Transnet subsidiaries.

Phiyega was part of a team of senior executives who were responsible for the restructuring of the old Portnet into two major separate entities: Port Operations and Port Authority.

Subsequent to the above restructuring, she became part of the Executive of the National Ports Authority of South Africa. She served as Director for Development at the National Council for Child Welfare. She spent a few years at the Chamber of Mines as an employee well-being consultant.

Prior to joining the South African Police Service, she was appointed as Chairperson of the Presidential State-Owned Enterprise Review Committee. The Committee was tasked with the responsibility of reviewing State-Owned Entities and to make recommendations for their future repositioning.

Phiyega was the Vice Chairperson for the Independent Commission for Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.

She chaired the Road Traffic Management Corporation Investigation Task Team which looked into maladministration, corruption and poor corporate governance. The task team made major intervention and restructuring recommendations to the Minister of Transport, assisting to improve the corporation.

Phiyega has served in other significant national structures, which included serving as a board member of the 2010 Bid Committee that managed the hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup by South Africa and as commissioner for the Road Accident Fund Commission led by Judge Satchwell and grandmother.

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35 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: National Police Commissioner Suspended For Being Born A Man

  1. Reblogged this on M' lady's Pearls and commented:
    I don’t understand what her (his) gender has anything to do with her (his) job. Why does she have to be suspended? This is a completely different case to Castor’s, her(his) decisions as commissioner are not dependent on her(his) sex.

  2. Malejaka Letooane from Lesotho, was also a Police commissioner from 2005 to 2012. She is now the ambassador of Lesotho to South Africa. Keep your head up and your ears wide open.

  3. As for shes from Limpopo after all,and that 80% of us have male features damn, Riah a man or not, u made yo way up,looks cant pay da bills

  4. General Victoria Riah Phiyega’s track record pseaks 4 itself. She is the right person 4 her job @ dis point in tym, according to me, if the next ANC administration can have a Ministry of “Essential Service Providers”. That’s (Saps, Emergency Ambulance Services, Traffic Law. Enforcers & Fire Brigates Services).

    Everyone is born in the image of GOD, irrespective of Colour, Gender or Race, South Africa is a Free Country where the Constitution of the country respects individuals Rights!

    Riah is a Dinamic & Powerful Lady who can never be easily be Intimidated! GOD Bless her in her Work, I hope the ruling Party introduces “Essential Service Providers”. Ministry which its Minister will be Mama Riah herself! GOD. BLESS YOU MAMA! Saps is on da right track due to your enormous input!

    Chaplain: Goitseone Gideon Maseng
    (St.Pauls AFM international – MahikRng Circuit

  5. “She is Africa’s very first female national police commissioner” thats not True, Neighbors Lesotho had one some 4 years ago!

  6. I don’t care what gender she is.. What an phenomenal & accomplished person she is! Someone our youth can look up to and emulate. Well done Victoria!
    But as an aside, why would she claim to be a woman if she had not legally changed her status. She certainly has the education & intelligence to make sure no fault was found? Sorry… I do not believe we’re being told everything… Someone has it in for her. That’s for sure!

  7. I’m confused – what has her gender got to do with her job and why the big hooha? Maybe she was actually born intersexed / transgender / hermaphrodite. Do people now get punished for being born with the wrong genitalia on the outside of their bodies. Oh yes, they do – Africa is still quite backward when it comes to equal rights for people with gender defects!!

  8. I admire Phiyega and it just doesn’t meter what the media or whoever descrebe her to be. I am really humbled by her success and achievements as a person. may the Good Lord protect her and strengthen her during this difficult times. Love yo my Leader

  9. I don’t care what the media is saying, all I know is that whenever the person is successful people will always look for something negative to say against that person. Her gender got nothing to do with her abilities to lead the South African Police Service. Mrs Phiyega please don’t be discouraged with these gossips.

  10. Kanti kumele athini uma ewumfazi akumele yini aphathe amaphoyisa.Kanti why thina black people we dont want to see other person progress.Plz leave Phiyega alone she deserve this position.

  11. All his/her life was just a fake, what he/she did is embarrassing our country, “but that doesn’t mean he/she should suspended”, as many said, but that is the only punishment to be done, he/she lied about his/her gender, that is a crime in SA, if he/she founded someone with the same predicament, that person would have been arrested, she broke the rules, Bheki Cele was dismissed, so why can’t he/she?

  12. Very humbled by Riya’s achievements, just don’t know what gender has to do with her job unless it was stated that only a specific gender should apply for the job. Maybe some1 may clarify us

  13. It must be a man/woman I don’t care because it is not my problem, she/he did a good job and worked hard to be what she/he is today, I can’t judge her, let her to continue to do her her job, I believe that everything has it own reason n she has her own reason why she is the way she is,
    I’m proudly Limpopian

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