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Ipid’s Phiyega probe done

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National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega File photo: Ian Landsberg

 

Johannesburg - Investigations into reports that national police commissioner Riah Phiyega allegedly tipped off an officer about probes against him have been completed, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said on Tuesday.

“(The case) went to the director of public prosecutions before the elections, at the end of May,” spokesman Moses Dlamini said.

“We await their decision.”

The National Prosecuting Authority was not immediately available for comment.

According to reports, Phiyega told Western Cape commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer on three occasions that she was aware he was under investigation.

In October last year, reports claimed that their telephone conversations had been legally recorded by crime intelligence operatives monitoring Lamoer's calls.

He was allegedly associated with a Cape Town drug-dealer and well-known businessman.

In the conversations, Phiyega reportedly made Lamoer aware of similar allegations by Hawks boss Anwa Dramat.

According to the report, the disclosures outraged crime intelligence operatives, who had threatened to lay criminal charges against Phiyega.

But Phiyega at the time denied tipping Lamoer off, saying he had become aware of the investigation after the opposition Democratic Alliance asked a question about it in Parliament.

Phiyega also said it was “interesting” that the allegations against her surfaced from “faceless people” shortly after her decision to put former acting crime intelligence boss Maj-Gen Chris Ngcobo on special leave.

Ngcobo was placed on special leave in October after a vetting process allegedly found discrepancies in his qualifications. - Sapa


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