Riah Phiyega won't step down

The commissioner says she will not step down amid accusations she defeated the ends of justice.

National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says she won't step down while criminal charges against her are being investigated, because she's "done nothing wrong".

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is now busy deciding whether to investigate the commissioner for allegedly tipping off a provincial commissioner about an investigation he was the subject of.

But Phiyega has denied any wrongdoing, saying she was discussing the case with the senior officer, only to be able to provide answers to questions in Parliament.

Phiyega says she is yet to be presented with the exact allegations against her.

"If I am being investigated let them bring the docket and I'll be ready to answer those questions."

She has labelled the charges against her as a smear campaign by the controversial Crime Intelligence Unit.

But the South Africa Police Union (Sapu) has urged her to do the honourable thing and step aside, failing which, it wants President Jacob Zuma to relieve Phiyega of her duties.

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

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