I did not lie, I am not a criminal - Riah Phiyega

By Drum Digital
03 February 2016

Suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega vowed to leave no stone unturned to clear her name after the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) announced criminal charges against her.

“I find yesterday’s announcement by acting head of IPID, Israel Kgamanye, that charges are to be brought against me very concerning and opportunistic... I did not lie and I am not a criminal,” Phiyega told journalist.

Phiyega said the "undignified haste" to announce the charges by Kgamanye smacked of concerted efforts by people and entities in the police ministry who continue a campaign to "harass", "slander" and "vilify" her.

“This deliberate and orchestrated character assassination is meant to destroy my credibility and reputation. But most profoundly it is aimed at diverting my attention from focus and preparation of the inquiry...” she said.

This comes after Kgamanye announced to Parliament's police committee meeting on Tuesday that criminal cases had been opened against Phiyega and North West Police Commissioner, Zukiswa Mbombo for defeating the ends of justice.

This was with regards to them allegedly obstructing the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's work into the Marikana massacre.

President Jacob Zuma last year, established a Board of Inquiry into the allegations of misconduct by the National Commissioner of police on her capacity to execute official duties efficiently.

Phiyega said her rights as a citizen had been violated as she had not been informed of charges and had learnt of IPID’s criminal charge via media reports.

But she was confident she would get a fair trial.

“Should the national director of public prosecutions decide to prefer charges against me as recommended by IPID, as a responsible law abiding citizen, I will fully cooperate. I have full confidence that the country’s judicial system will afford me a fair trial,” she said.

Source: News24

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