IPID considers investigating Phiyega

Riah Phiyega is accused of tipping off a provincial commissioner about a probe, defeating the ends of justice.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega speaks at a news conference in Pretoria on Friday, 3 May 2013 on the Indian delegation that landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) says it will now decide whether it has the jurisdiction to investigate criminal charges against National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

The commissioner has been accused of tipping off a provincial commissioner about a crime intelligence investigation he was the subject of and in doing so, defeating the ends of justice.

But Phiyega has denied this.

She says she was merely gathering answers to a Parliamentary question.

Concerns have been raised about whether the police watch dog has the ability and political support to investigate a police chief.

Now the IPID says its executive director will assess the case and decide the way forward.

Meanwhile, the police commissioner says she is not stepping aside while the allegations against her are being investigated.

"We will keep on focusing on what we've got to do as a police; to clean the police, to ensure that there's governance and to ensure that there's compliance."

There are calls for President Jacob Zuma to fire Phiyega.

But she says no matter how much mud gets thrown at her, none will stick.