Phiyega Could Be Suspended Pending Investigation into Charges of Defeating the Ends of Justice


By Staff Writer    26-Oct-2013 12:08 UTC+02:00
National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice after allegedly alerting a provincial commissioner of an ongoing investigation against him. Image: Daily Maverick.

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice after allegedly alerting a provincial commissioner of an ongoing investigation against him. Image: Daily Maverick.

On Friday it surfaced on the media that South African National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice and breaching national security after allegedly informing an unnamed provincial commissioner of an ongoing investigation against him. According to reports, there is evidence that the provincial commissioner in question was receiving financial support from a drug lord in return for helping him evade the law.

Phiyega has denied these allegations.  She believes that they are part of a smear campaign aimed at getting rid of her, possibly in retaliation for suspending and launching an investigation against acting divisional commissioner for crime intelligence and protection services Major-General Chris Ngcobo. On Tuesday, Phiyega made an announcement that Ngcobo had been placed on special leave following the emergence of discrepancies in his qualifications.

According to Independent Online, on the 19th of October, Ngcobo instructed crime intelligence officers in Cape Town to open a case against Phiyega after listening to a transcript of a conversation between her and the provincial commissioner, where she apparently tipped him off of an investigation against him. However, Phiyega asserts that the provincial commissioner did not hear of the investigation from her. He phoned her after the details of the investigation somehow landed on his desk in the process of the police gathering information to prepare a response to a parliamentary question on this matter.

Under normal circumstances, if there is an investigation against an official, he or she is expected to step down until the investigation is completed. Although the investigation against her is not yet underway, the South African Police Union (SAPU) has called for her resignation or suspension. However, Phiyega said she will not step down because she has done nothing wrong. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is yet to confirm if it has the authority to investigate Phiyega. If the IPID is given a go ahead, Phiyega may be forced to step down as national police commissioner.


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  1. Lulu says:

    I doubt that she is so stupid that she would tip him off over the phone. If she did, she probably made a mistake.

    • Leshardt says:

      Probably taken in the “wrong context”! Who’s going to “translate” this one from “ANC Language” to English?? Or is it only MAC that’s qualified in that field??

  2. walter says:

    when this Stupid Fu#*Krs going to see the jobs as a long term investment?… never?

  3. Leshardt says:

    There just isn’t any ANC minister with enough integrity and honesty to lead, and to change the police to a crime fighting force instead of a “crime helping” force!! Where do cops get their ranks of general and major general etc.?? Do they have the required education and training in these specialized fields or is it just an ANC handout?? Just maybe it’s time they remove AA when selecting a new police “general” because there isn’t one among their (ANC) ranks!!!

  4. Nick49 says:

    What a bunch of losers! NEVER learn do they? Even a 10 year old could tell them that they need a professional in that position with years of experience-THAT IS ALL!! of course we also need morals, integrity, ethics and education!!

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