Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega simply known as Riah Phiyega, was the National Police Commissioner of the South African Police Service from 2012 -2015, upon appointment by then South African President Jacob Zuma on 12 June 2012 she made history as the first woman to hold the post.
Phiyega who boasts of a wealth of experience, holding high profile positions with corporates, parastatals and NGOs, served as Absa Group executive for corporate affairs, chaired the bank’s AllPay boards for Gauteng and the Eastern Cape and was a board member of Absa Actuaries and a trustee of the Absa Foundation.
While at Transnet, her dedication and brilliance stood her out, serving in different capacities; She was group executive corporate affairs, a member of the executive committee. Prior to her time at Transnet, Phiyega served as general manager for ports and corporate affairs at the National Ports Authority. She has also chaired the national welfare forum, acted as a commissioner for the Road Accident Fund, and was a board member of the 2010 World Cup bid committee.
Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega holds an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Johannesburg and a post graduate diploma in Business Administration from the University of Wales. She has completed programmes in management and business leadership programmes at the University of Singapore and the prestigious Wharton Business School in Pensylvania.