Removal of top cop part of restructuring – police

2014-01-17 09:57

The removal of Western Cape acting head of crime intelligence Brigadier Mzwandile Tiyo is part of the restructuring of the crime intelligence service, police said.

“The streamlining process started last year. Various posts in the unit have also been advertised,” said Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale today.

Tiyo is reportedly a complainant in a case of defeating the ends of justice against national police commissioner Riah Phiyega.

Phiyega is accused of alerting Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer about an investigation into his alleged links with a businessman and an alleged drug dealer.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate started probing the matter in October.

At the time, Phiyega said it was “interesting” that the allegations against her had surfaced from “faceless people” shortly after her decision to put former acting crime intelligence boss Major-General Chris Ngcobo on special leave.

“Although I do not expect my colleagues to behave in such an underhanded manner whereby they concoct a story and open a case against me, it however comes as no surprise given some of the mischievous activities conducted by crime intelligence in the past,” she said.

Phiyega announced the restructuring of crime intelligence yesterday.

She said that after careful consideration of the combined functioning of the divisional crime intelligence and protection and security services, she had decided to change and purify the structure.

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