Riah Phiyega faces new allegations, ministerial probe

2014-09-29 12:37

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National police commissioner Riah Phiyega is staying mum on an apparent ministerial probe into her conduct.

“At the right time, the national commissioner will comment,” her spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said today.

He was responding to a Sunday Independent report that President Jacob Zuma had ordered a ministerial probe into allegations against Phiyega.

The report claimed through unnamed sources that a committee would investigate, among others, allegations that she tipped off Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer about an investigation against him by crime intelligence, and that she misled the public when she claimed she was not aware that Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma faced criminal charges when she appointed him Gauteng police commissioner.

The newspaper reported that the police ministry was finalising terms of reference and securing legal advice.

In October last year, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said it would investigate allegations that Phiyega had tipped off Lamoer.

When it completed its investigation, it referred the docket to the national director of public prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana.

Earlier this month, the National Prosecuting Authority said it would not pursue complaints of defeating the ends of justice against Phiyega.

At the time, spokesperson Nathi Mncube said that after considering the statements and evidence in the docket the director of public prosecutions declined to prosecute.

“It is considered that there are no reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution.”

According to The Witness newspaper today, Phiyega faced fresh allegations of seizing phone recordings of Durban businessperson Thoshan Panday.

Suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen probed Panday’s involvement in a R60 million police accommodation tender scam and his phone was tapped.

The Witness reported that Phiyega ordered the tapes be handed over and taken to Pretoria a few days before Booysen was exonerated in a police disciplinary hearing.

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