Phiyega takes a stand against critics

The national police chief says she will make representations to IPID if necessary.

FILE: The national police chief says she will make representations to IPID if necessary. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

PRETORIA - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on Tuesday used a Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) Central Executive Committee meeting as a platform to lash out at critics calling for her head.

The top cop is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice after she allegedly tipped off Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer about an investigation into his apparent corrupt dealings with a Cape Town businessman.

Phiyega previously dismissed this as an underhanded smear campaign against her by now-suspended acting head of Crime Intelligence Chris Ngcobo.

She told delegates at the Pretoria conference she will make representations to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) if and when the time comes.

"Let us not allow this to make us lose focus. Our mandate is to prevent, combat and investigate crime and this is what I'm about. I'm a law abiding South African. When that time comes, I will go and tell my story."

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said while he is concerned about the allegations, he has no plans to suspend Phiyega.