Top cop will read Mdluli files

2012-06-16 18:01

The country’s new top cop will study all the files relating to suspended crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli before she says anything about the charges against him.

General Riah Phiyega told City Press she wanted a closer working relationship with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and wanted to mend frosty relationships with watchdog body, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

Phiyega was appointed by President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday.

She said she had been following the recent developments in crime intelligence and the infighting between senior management over Mdluli in the newspapers.

Phiyega said she would read all documents relating to the Mdluli investigations, including the reasons fraud charges were dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority.

“That’s why they call it intelligence. The moment you start seeing those files in newspapers, they are adulterated. I haven’t seen the real files.

“Now that I’m here, they will show me the real files and maybe when you talk to me 12 months down the line, I will be able to say I did see the real files and what we were seeing wasn’t the real thing. I will be dealing with it,” she said.

One of her main priorities will be to reach out to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, which investigates police misconduct.

“No doctor can doctor herself. It’s critical and important to have the directorate to police us and to regulate us. I really appreciate its existence.

“The tensions will always be there between us because we will be saying you (the directorate) are too harsh (in your findings), but at the same time the directorate is critical and important,” says Phiyega.

Phiyega said it was necessary for her and Madonsela to collaborate.

“Thuli has done a lot of work and we’d like to congratulate her, as do many other women. I sit back and marvel at what women are able to do.

“I look at women such as Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Lindiwe Sisulu, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane ... They are in tough environments and they are dealing with them. It gives me confidence.

“I think Thuli and I can learn from each other and there are many other women we should work with as well,” said Phiyega, who is married to Advocate Elias Phiyega, a former Armscor and Financial Services Board executive.

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