Zuma must consider firing Phiyega - DA

2014-09-29 05:00
National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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

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Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance on Sunday said it was time for President Jacob Zuma to consider "discharging" national police commissioner Riah Phiyega.

"The national police commissioner has embarrassed herself time and time again through a lack of policing knowledge and as a result, has shown a lack of leadership," police spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, Phiyega has become better known for what she says rather than what she does... The reality is that she is coming under scrutiny for failing to show leadership at crucial moments.

"The time has now come to seriously consider discharging Riah Phiyega."

The Sunday Tribune reported that Zuma ordered a ministerial probe into allegations of misconduct against Phiyega.

Police ministry spokesperson Musa Zondi said the department would not comment on the report.

Kohler Barnard said the DA would request that the ministerial probe into Phiyega's conduct be expanded to include her record in office to determine if she was a "fit and proper person to hold this crucial office".

She said there has not been a career police officer appointed as national police commissioner since 2000 and the effects of political appointments have been devastating.

"We now have an under-resourced, under-trained and increasingly brutal police service," she said.


On 13 September, the National Prosecuting Authority said it will not pursue complaints of defeating the ends of justice against Phiyega.

At the time, spokesperson Nathi Mncube said that after duly considering the statements and evidence in the docket the DPP declined to prosecute.

"It is considered that there are no reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution," he said at the time.

Mncube said the IPID referred the docket to the National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana when it had completed its investigation.

It asked Nxasana that a decision be made in terms of section 7(4) of the IPID Act.

He said the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) investigated the complaint made against Phiyega last year.

In October last year, the IPID said it would investigate allegations that Phiyega tipped off Western Cape commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer about an investigation against him by crime intelligence.

According to reports, Phiyega told Lamoer on three occasions that she was aware he was under investigation.

The Sunday Independent at the time reported that their telephone conversations had been legally recorded by crime intelligence operatives monitoring Lamoer's calls.

Phiyega denied tipping-off Lamoer.

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