South African President Jacob Zuma appointed the nation's first female police chief on Tuesday only moments after firing General Bheki Cele from the post. Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega, currently the chairperson of the Presidential Review Committee on State-Owned Enterprises and the deputy chairperson of the Independent Commission on the Remuneration of Office Bearers, was named the national police commissioner.

Before his dismissal, Cele had been suspended over corruption allegations since October, when an investigation was opened into his real estate deals. A subsequent inquiry by Justice Jake Moloi found that Cele lacked the capacity to execute his official duties efficiently and was not fit to hold office, and also uncovered instances of grave misconduct, according to South Africa's News 24.