IPID to fast track Phiyega probe

Phiyega is accused of tipping off WC commissioner Arno Lamoer that he's being investigated by the CIU.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Taurai Maduna/ EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) says it will fast track its investigation into National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega who is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice.

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

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

Suspended Crime Intelligence boss Chris Ngcobo instructed his officers in Cape Town to open up 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.

The IPID has been instructed to expedite the probe and once completed, the docket will be taken to the National Director of Public Prosecutions to decide whether to prosecute or not.

Phiyega's office says she became aware of the inquiry into Lamoer on 29 May after being briefed by the Hawks.

The inquiry was initiated at Lamoer's request in July last year.

It was an assessment conducted by the Hawks to establish if there was prima facie evidence to warrant a full investigation.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini says the investigation will be conducted without any partiality.

"Were just doing our job which is to investigate independently."

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 outcome of the investigation.