Statement of support for Phiyega continues to haunt top cops

2015-10-28 14:42
National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega. (Netwerk24)

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega. (Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - It is quite clear that there are some serious problems of governance in the South African Police Service leadership, Parliament’s police committee agreed on Wednesday.

The committee was continuing its investigation into the police Board of Commissioners after it issued a collective statement in August, expressing serious concerns over what they saw as an unfair and negative attitude towards suspended national commissioner Riah Phiyega.

When the commissioners faced the police committee in August, they insisted that Phiyega had not been involved in the decision to issue the statement, and that it was not about undermining President Jacob Zuma’s investigation into Phiyega’s fitness to hold office.

But so far, the committee has found discrepancies between the minutes of the meetings and the transcripts, as well as the testimony by police commissioners.

Police committee chairperson and ANC MP Francois Beukman said that after looking at the evidence, it was quite clear that there were serious problems with governance.

DA MP Zakhele Mbhele said it was clear the commissioners were not as united as they claimed to be over the issuing of the statement, as only a few were heard on the transcript discussing it.

MPs also said it was quite clear that although Phiyega did not come out and tell them to write a statement, she subtly pushed them in that direction.

Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald said the commissioners had not been honest with the committee.

"I would say they were not truthful. I get the impression that behind closed doors, there was some discussion between Phiyega and [Lieutenant General Nobubele] Mbekela on how to deal with the same issue, if we look at all the material that we have received."

The committee will put forward recommendations at their next meeting on Wednesday.

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