Phiyega on charges: Mud won’t stick to me

2013-10-25 08:23

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National police commissioner Riah Phiyega said charges against her, brought by suspended acting crime intelligence head Major-General Chris Ngcobo, are a “lame attempt” to discredit her office.

The Star reported today Phiyega faced charges of defeating the ends of justice and a breach of national security for allegedly alerting a senior manager he was being investigated.

Phiyega allegedly informed the senior police officer that crime intelligence was monitoring him and his arrest by the unit was imminent.

The newspaper said it found Ngcobo instructed Cape Town crime intelligence officers to open a case against Phiyega after listening to a transcript of a conversation between her and the officer.

But Phiyega’s office issued a statement today which said: “You can try as much as you like, but you will not succeed. No mud thrown at me will stick.”

The national commissioner said it was “interesting” the allegations had surfaced through “faceless people” shortly after she put Ngcobo on special leave.

“This is a lame attempt by certain individuals in [crime intelligence] to discredit [the national police commissioner] and derail [the] process of flushing out those with no integrity.”

“Although General Phiyega does not expect her colleagues to behave in such an underhanded manner, whereby they concoct a story and then open a case against her, it however comes as no surprise given some of the mischievous activities conducted by crime intelligence in the past,” the statement said.

The matter has been handed to the Independent Police investigative Division for investigation.

Phiyega’s office announced in the week that it had put Ngcobo on special leave after discrepancies were found between the declaration made by him and records pertaining to his qualifications.

Phiyega said Ngcobo failed to properly explain the discrepancies.

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