IPID investigates Phiyega

The top cop is accused of tipping off Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Tuesday confirmed it's investigating allegations against National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

She is accused of tipping off Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer that he's being probed by the Crime Intelligence Unit for alleged links to a well-known drug dealer.

Lamoer is also accused of being on the businessman's payroll.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini says the investigation will be given high priority.

"The investigator has been given an instruction to fast-track the investigation."

Suspended Crime Intelligence boss Chris Ngcobo instructed his officers in Cape Town to open a case against Phiyega after listening to a phone conversation between her and Lamoer.

Ngcobo was placed on special leave earlier this month for discrepancies relating to his academic qualifications.

Phiyega has denied any wrongdoing.

She said she was discussing the case with Lamoer only to be able to provide answers to questions in Parliament.

She has labelled the charges against her as a smear campaign.

Added to this, the ANC has challenged those with evidence to come forward.

But opposition parties are calling for Phiyega to be suspended pending the investigation.