Police commissioners 'threatened' Zuma by supporting Phiyega - FF Plus

2015-10-28 14:41
President Jacob Zuma. (File, Nasief Manie, City Press)

President Jacob Zuma. (File, Nasief Manie, City Press)

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Parliament - By issuing a statement in support of suspended police National Commissioner Riah Phiyega, the Board of Commissioners had threatened the president.

So said Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald, who was addressing the police committee on Wednesday during an inquiry into the circumstances that led to police commissioners issuing a statement in support of Phiyega in August.

The Board of Commissioners issued a collective statement in August expressing serious concerns over what they described as an unfair and negative attitude towards Phiyega.

This was during the same period when President Jacob Zuma was deciding whether Phiyega should be suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into her fitness to hold office. Phiyega has since been suspended.

Discussing the preliminary findings of the committee's inquiry into the circumstances leading to the issuing of the statement, Groenewald said it might as well have been a threat to the president.

One of the terms of reference for the inquiry was whether the statement was issued to influence the president's decision.  "With this statement, they actually sort of threatened the president," Groenewald said.

"To say 'well if you want to fire the national commissioner, just know that all nine provincial commissioners support her and in fact, then you should fire us as well'. And then you can create a crisis in the South African police service," he said

The committee will put forward recommendations at their next meeting.

Read more on:    riah phiyega  |  jacob zuma  |  cape town  |  parliament 2015

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