Zuma comes to Phiyega's defence

2013-09-03 16:18
President Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

President Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

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Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has come to the aid of national police commissioner Riah Phiyega, after she was criticised for appointing Bethuel Mondli Zuma as the new Gauteng police commissioner.

Speaking at a briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday, ahead of his trip to Russia for the G20 Summit, Zuma said Phiyega is “absolutely wonderful, confident and competent”, Eyewitness News reported.

Hours after Mondli’s appointment, Phiyega removed him when she learnt that he was awaiting-trial on a drunk driving charge.

Zuma said she was competent and able to do her job.

"So far, I think she’s absolutely wonderful.”

EWN reported that the president said the appointment of an awaiting-trial official was a mistake, which Phiyega immediately resolved.

“You have a case where she said, ‘OK, even if the mistake is there, I will investigate.’ She immediately acted.”

The matter is being investigated and Zuma is expecting a report soon.

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