Phiyega incompetent - DA

2013-09-03 23:18
Riah Phiyega. (File, Sapa)

Riah Phiyega. (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - National police commissioner Riah Phiyega should be fired, the DA said on Tuesday.

"[She] is not fit to lead the SA Police Service [SAPS]," said DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard.

She said Phiyega had been hired because of her managerial skills, but that she was failing to deliver.

The DA intended writing to President Jacob Zuma to ask him to institute a board of inquiry into her fitness and capability to head the police.

"Her latest blunder this weekend over senior appointments shows that she is totally out of her depth and is taking the SAPS down with her," said Kohler-Barnard.

She was referring to Phiyega's appointment of Major General Bethuel Mondli Zuma as Gauteng police commissioner.

The appointment was later withdrawn when it was found that Zuma faced a charge of drinking and driving.

Kohler-Barnard said Phiyega's attempts to rectify her weekend error were proving her incompetence.

"Firstly, she claimed that SAPS background checks are more stringent than most organisations. This is clearly not the case if a simple Google search revealed Zuma’s charges within minutes.

"Secondly, she has now backtracked even further on his appointment by saying that these appointments were 'provisional'. If this were the case, then why make the announcement in the first place?"

Zuma, who is not related to President Zuma, was to have replaced Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros, whose last day as provincial commissioner was on Saturday.

The SAPS said Zuma had been permanently withdrawn from the post, and would face disciplinary hearings after failing to declare the pending charges against him.

Kohler-Barnard said Phiyega's appointment had been disastrous from the beginning.

She had failed to take responsibility when the police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana last year, and she had failed to address police brutality, Kohler-Barnard said.

"Richard Mdluli remains on suspension year after expensively-paid year on her watch with disciplinary proceedings yet to take place, and the Crime Intelligence Unit [CIU] is in tatters; and she has failed utterly to take decisive action following the SAPS criminality audit and dismiss all those members found to have criminal records."

‘Phiyega a mistress of disaster’

The Congress of the People (Cope) has also called for Phiyega to step down.

"Phiyega is a mistress of disaster and more calamities will take place as long as she continues to lead this ministry," said Cope spokesperson Mluleki George.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) blamed President Zuma for the mishaps in the police service.

"Under President Zuma, South Africa has turned into a banana republic where senior appointments are done without proper security check-up on the individuals who are supposed to lead the fight against crime," said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said the weekend blunder had caused concern about the SAPS's information gathering.

"This concern is reinforced by the revelation in Parliament that there are 1 448 serving SAPS officers who have been found guilty of serious offences like rape, attempted murder, corruption, fraud and assault," said Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven.

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