Phiyega won’t co-operate with police probe - report

2014-12-07 13:19
National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - National police commissioner Riah Phiyega has informed Police Minister Nathi Nhleko she will not co-operate with a probe into issues in the SA Police Service, City Press reported on Sunday.

In a letter reportedly addressed to Phiyega in October, Nhleko told her he had been advised of a number of concerns pertaining to the functioning of the SA Police Service.

According to the paper he told her he had appointed a reference group to investigate.

"The national commissioner and the administration will be required to co-operate fully with the reference group and [are] particularly required to timeously provide all documentation requested to ensure that the reference group completed its responsibilities within the stipulated time frame," Nhleko reportedly wrote.

Phiyega wrote back to Nhleko informing him she would not co-operate, and to President Jacob Zuma to complain about it, City Press reported.

In her response to Nhleko, Phiyega wrote that any concerns raised with him about the police should have been brought to her first.

DA calls for Phiyega’s dismissal

"I believe that in the spirit of collegiality and deference to the separation of powers as enshrined in the Constitution, I should have been appraised of the concerns raised by various parties," Phiyega was quoted as writing.

She wrote that the group's mandate was of a "general overboard nature" and that it could infringe on administrative powers vested exclusively in the national commissioner.

The Democratic Alliance called for Phiyega to be removed from office.

"Phiyega’s appointment has been disastrous from the onset," MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard said in a statement.

She said Phiyega's claim that Nhleko had no right to initiate the probe was without basis, as he was empowered to do so by section 28 of the Constitution.

Kohler-Barnard accused Phiyega of trying to avoid responsibility for the "mess she caused" in the police.

"Her arrogant defiance of the minister is the final straw and President Zuma must now fire her."

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