Deputy National Commissioner:
Human Resource Management and Development
Vijayanthimala (Mala) Singh was born in Tongaat, KwaZulu-
Natal on 7 January 1957. She matriculated at Raesethorpe
Secondary School, Pietermaritzburg in 1973. She started her
career as an educator in 1977. In 1985 she became a lecturer at
Transvaal College of Education, where she lectured in Psychology
of Education, Didactics, History and Guidance and Counselling.
In 1991 she was appointed assistant superintendent of
Education and two years later she became a school principal. In
1995 she became the deputy director: research at the South
African Management Development Institute (SAMDI) and a year
later she became the director: public service reform at the
Department of Public Service and Administration, where her core
responsibility was to manage and drive the reform programme in
the public service. (Dr Singh has been actively involved in the
process of transformation in the Police Service since 1995.) She
was appointed the Chief Director: Public Service Reform,
Transverse, Administrative and Legislative Support in 1997.
In November 1999 she was became one of the first two women in
the history of the South African Police Service to be appointed
as a Divisional Commissioner: Career Management.
On 24 August 2002 Divisional Commissioner Singh was the first
woman Deputy National Commissioner appointed in the history of
the South African Police Service. She is responsible for Human
Resource Management and Development. She will manage matters
relating to Personnel Services, Career Management, Performance
Standards and Management, Helping Professions and Legal
Commissioner Singh is married and has one daughter. She holds
a Bachelorís, Masterís and Doctoral degrees from the
Universities of Natal and South Africa.
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