Phiyega: No mud thrown at me will stick

Phiyega sent an email to SAPS staff criticising the actions of the Crime Intelligence Unit.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Police say an email sent last week by National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to the entire South African Police Service (SAPS) has nothing to do with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)'s decision to investigate her.

News emerged this morning of Phiyega's email in which she tries to motivate officers and criticises the actions of the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU).

Her spokesman Solomon Makgale says the email was sent last week Friday.

"They (police officers) need to know what is happening so that they understand and it's the organisation that informs them about issues which make marks in the media."

The action was prompted after 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 Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer.

She is accused of tipping off Lamoer about an investigation being carried out by the CIU against him.

It's claimed Lamoer has a corrupt relationship with a Cape Town businessman, who has donated money to the SAPS in the past.

Phiyega has denied the accusations and claims Lamoer himself initiated the investigation last year.

But while calls for Phiyega's suspension grow louder, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says no action will be taken until IPID's investigation is complete.

The minister on Wednesday said he would decide how to deal with the controversy surrounding Phiyega once the investigation into her is completed.

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

To view Phiyega's email, click here.