Inquiry into police commissioners in support of Phiyega to get under way

2015-10-15 20:13
(Thomas Hartleb, News24)

(Thomas Hartleb, News24)

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Cape Town - Provincial police commissioners, who put their jobs on the line in support of suspended national commissioner Riah Phiyega, would soon know their fate.

On Friday Parliament’s police committee would start its inquiry into the circumstances that saw the South African Police Service (SAPS) Board of Commissioners (BOC) and top management issue media statement supporting Phiyega in July this year.

The BOC issued a collective statement expressing "serious concern" over what they saw as "an unfair and negative attitude" towards Phiyega.

In the statement, the commissioners said they had "noticed a tendency to reduce everything, especially negative issues relating to policing, to the person of the national commissioner, as if the SAPS is a one-person show".

The commissioners were made to retract their statement and apologise for their actions, with the exception of KwaZulu-Natal commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, who was on study leave at the time.

The inquiry, started in terms of Rule 201 of the National Assembly, would on Friday focus on the agenda, minutes, recordings and attendance register of a SAPS BOC meeting on July 15 and 16 in Magoebaskloof, Limpopo, where a decision was made to issue the statement.

Provincial commissioner Ngobeni would also be in the spotlight on Friday.

Read more on:    police  |  riah phiyega  |  cape town  |  parliament 2015

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