'Phiyega probe won't affect crime fight'

SAPS commissioners says it is business as usual despite the Phiyega investigation.

National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Police Service (SAPS) provincial commissioners have assured the public that the investigation into National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega will not impact on the day-to-day management of crime.

Phiyega is being investigated for defeating the ends of justice after claims that she tipped off Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer about an investigation into his conduct.

During a meeting of board of commissioners this week, the SAPS agreed it had full confidence in Phiyega and would continue to receive support and leadership from her.

Phiyega spokesperson Solomon Makgale says, "They will work hard to ensure that this investigation will not have an impact on day-to-day operations. They will ensure that it's business as usual. This investigation will not impact on the running of the police."

Phiyega has ignored calls for her to step down until the investigation is completed, maintaining she has done nothing wrong.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has called for patience, saying the Independent Police Investigative Directorate should be given time and space to conduct its investigation.