- The appointment of Yolisa Matakata has been welcomed by Western Cape leadership
- The woman is the province's first female police commissioner
- Her experience has been hailed an asset to the police services in the province
Yolisa Matakata has been appointed the Western Cape’s first female police commissioner. The 34-year-old police veteran succeeds Khombinkosi Jula.
Many have welcomed the appointment including Premier Alan Winde, his Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz and Patricia de Lille.
Matakata has had an illustrious career with the police. She was appointed to the rank of lieutenant-general in 2015. Two years later, she was appointed as the deputy national head of the DPCI.
According to IOL, Police Minister Bheki Cele said Matakata had sufficient experience to take on the role.
Winde welcomed Matakata’s appointment and said it would bring stability to the police department. The Premier, along with Albert Fritz, said they are looking forward to working with her.
Brett Herron, of de Lille's Good party, said Matakata demonstrated fearless leadership at her time in the Hawks. He said that the province was in need of that type of leadership.
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