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No conflict of interest for Phiyega, says IT company

IT company XON said there is no conflict of interest for Riah Phiyega regarding its tender from SAPS.

National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega is seen behind her desk in her Pretoria office. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A former IT service provider to the South African Police Service (SAPS), which newly appointed National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega has been linked to, has sought to clarify that there is no conflict of interest.

Phiyega is a former director and shareholder in Kapela Capital, which owns a 40 percent stake in IT company XON.

The company's response follows reported concerns that the police commissioner's link to the company was not disclosed to Parliament.

XON said Phiyega had no role in the SAPS prior to her appointment in June, therefore there was no conflict of interest in her instructing Kapela Capital to sell her shares.

The police commissioner's spokesperson, Nonkululeko Mbatha, said the General had put on record that she was involved in several businesses before her appointment in the police service and that she was not linked to SAPS before.

Mbatha said Phiyega had since resigned from the companies she was affiliated to.