ANC demands proof over Phiyega allegations

The ANC says it cannot suspend the national police commissioner on the basis of pure allegations.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) is challenging those who have presented allegations against National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to come forward with proof.

It's been reported that suspended acting Crime Intelligence Head Chris Ngcobo gave instructions for the criminal charges to be laid against Phiyega.

The police commissioner suspended Ngcobo last week, accusing him of lying about his qualifications.

Phiyega has now been accused of warning a senior policeman that he is being investigated by the Crime Intelligence Unit for his alleged connection with a known criminal.

While political pressure is mounting for the commissioner to be suspended pending an investigation, the ruling party says there is no need for that as there is no solid proof.

The ANC's Keith Khoza says Phiyega cannot only be suspended based on pure allegations.

"This is victimisation if there is no evidence that warrants that anybody be suspended. But we also don't just suspend people because someone has said something without verification and confirmation."

Khoza says people are projecting the police in a negative light with these allegations and trying to discredit the service.

However, opposition parties are raising fresh questions about the police services' image, saying another police commissioner is now the focus of controversy.