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Mthethwa deciding on Phiyega scandal

Nathi Mthethwa asks for patience as he decides how to deal with the Riah Phiyega scandal.

Nathi Mthethwa asks for patience as he decides how to deal with the controversy surrounding Riah Phiyega.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Wednesday he will decide how to deal with the controversy surrounding National Police Chief Riah Phiyega once the investigation into her has been completed.

It's alleged the Phiyega tipped-off Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer that he was being investigated by the Hawks.

It's claimed Lamoer has a corrupt relationship with a Cape Town businessman, who has donated money to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the past. The businessman's identity is known to Eyewitness News .

Suspended acting Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) 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 with his academic qualifications.

Phiyega is now facing charges of defeating the ends of justice.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) confirmed this week that it was examining the allegations against her.

There have been calls for the National Police Commissioner to be suspended pending the outcome of the IPID's investigation but Mthethwa has called for patience.

The Police Department's Zweli Mnisi said, "We've noted those calls but it is important to follow each letter of the law. The law guides us. Police can't investigate themselves, that's why we have the IPID. If we have parallel process outside the IPID we'll be defeating the purpose."