Phiyega's suspension hailed by political parties

2015-10-14 17:10
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Cape Town - Political parties have welcomed the president’s suspension of National Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

Her suspension was announced by the Presidency on Wednesday by President Jacob Zuma.

This after Zuma announced the appointment of a board of inquiry to look into allegations of misconduct against Phiyega last month.

The DA’s shadow minister of police Zakhele Mbhele, who was in the middle of a committee meeting with Phiyega when the announcement was made, said it was a long time coming.

"We have long called for President Zuma to act against Phiyega on the basis of her multiple faults and failings, from an inability to turn the SAPS around into an efficient, effective and professional service that reduces crime, to her being embroiled in all manner of scandals, the most serious being the Marikana massacre."

He said the allegations against Phiyega about her in a letter from suspended IPID head, Robert McBride, that surfaced this week were yet another reason to strengthen the case that she is unsuitable for her position.

FF Plus MP Pieter Groenewald said the president made the right decision.

"The FF Plus welcomes the decision to suspend Phiyega, but we must also remember that the president himself is not to be excused from this whole fiasco around the commissioner as he appointed her.

"And he knew that she was not competent for the job but he preferred to make a political appointment and we hope that he learned from this whole situation and the next time he appoints a commissioner, it will be an experienced person. A competent person from the ranks of the police service."

ANC MP Angelina Molebatsi said the party supported and respected the decision by the president to suspend Phiyega.

Police committee chairperson Francois Beukman said the committee welcomed the announcement and believed it was the correct approach.

"We would call on the management of SAPS and all the management of SAPS to work with the person who has been appointed as acting commissioner. We believe that the management of SAPS and others play a positive role and we want to call on them to continue playing that role."

He said they would work with the Acting National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Johannes Khomotso Phahlane.

Phiyega was in the middle of a meeting with the committee when her suspension was announced and immediately walked out.

Read more on:    da  |  ff plus  |  anc  |  riah phiyega  |  jacob zuma  |  pieter groenewald

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