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Johannesburg - Calls for the suspension of national police commissioner Riah Phiyega are irresponsible, ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani said on Wednesday.
He accused the Democratic Alliance of seeing "every development in the police department as a political points-scoring opportunity".
"It is a destructive and opportunistic form of opposition, as it runs counter to our ongoing effort of building a stable and efficient police service through a constructive parliamentary oversight."
On Tuesday, the DA said Phiyega should be suspended pending the outcome of a probe into allegations that she defeated the ends of justice.
MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard said there were grounds for suspension under the Labour Relations Act if an employee was implicated in misconduct, if there was prima facie evidence of guilt, and if the employee could unfairly influence a probe.
Sizani said the call for Phiyega's suspension was "plain politicking, devoid of any sound factual foundation".
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said on Tuesday it would investigate the allegations against Phiyega.
She is accused of tipping off Western Cape police commissioner Lt-Gen Arno Lamoer about investigations against him.
On Wednesday, the Inkatha Freedom Party echoed the DA's call for Phiyega to be suspended pending the outcome of the probe.
"We also call for the commissioner to be put on special leave while this investigation is being conducted to ensure credibility and non-interference," IFP policing spokesman Velaphi Ndlovu said in a statement.
Phiyega's lack of police experience prior to her appointment as national commissioner was concerning.
"If she was a trained police officer, she would have been careful about her communication measures with the accused commissioner," he said.
"We hope the investigation will clarify exactly what happened and if found guilty, a new police commissioner with police experience should be employed."
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Wednesday that the Ipid should be given time to probe the allegations. Once it had finalised them it would send him a report with recommendations.
According to reports, Phiyega told Lamoer on three occasions that she was aware he was under investigation.
The Sunday Independent reported 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. She has denied tipping off Lamoer.
On Tuesday, Phiyega's spokesman Lt-Gen Solomon Makgale said she welcomed the probe.
"The national commissioner still maintain(s) that she committed no crime," he said.