No plans to suspend Phiyega

Nathi Mthethwa has reiterated there are no plans to suspend Phiyega.

Nathi Mthethwa has reiterated there are no plans to suspend Phiyega despite allegations against her.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says while he is concerned about the allegations against National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega he has reiterated there are no plans to suspend her.

Phiyega has been charged with defeating the ends of justice after she allegedly tipped off Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer about an investigation into his apparent corrupt relationship with a Cape Town businessman.

The businessman, whose identity is known to Eyewitness News , has donated money to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the past.

Mthethwa says for now the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) must be left to do its work.

At the same time editor of the Sunday Tribune Jovial Rantao says if need be the newspaper will fight in court any attempts by the SAPS to obtain its information on the scandal gripping two of the country's top cops.

The Independent Group, which owns the newspaper, has received a letter from state attorneys representing the SAPS requesting material relating to intercepted calls involving Phiyega.

Rantao says, "Not only are they overstepping but it's desperate for a National Commissioner in a democratic South Africa to resort to an apartheid era law, which is discredited and unconstitutional. This is actually quite worrying."

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 in October for discrepancies with his academic qualifications.

Opposition parties are calling for Phiyega to be suspended while being investigated.