Police ministry to investigate Riah Phiyega

She’s accused of tipping off Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer about an investigation.

FILE: She’s accused of tipping off Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer about an investigation into his alleged links with suspected criminals. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega could soon be the subject of a ministerial probe.

The Sunday Independent is reporting that President Jacob Zuma has instructed Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko to put together a committee to investigate allegations of misconduct against Phiyega.

She's accused of tipping off Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer about an investigation into his alleged links with suspected criminals. He is also believed to have links to a Cape Town drug dealer.

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Dianne Kohler Barnard says a probe is needed.

"I think it is about time, it's past time, it should have been done when it became apparent she really is clueless. She's gone on to embarrass herself time and again through her lack of policing knowledge."

CRIME INTELLIGENCE UNCOVERS LINKS

Crime intelligence is believed to have monitored Lamoer's communication last year in order to establish his relationship with an alleged gangster.

Investigators then reportedly became aware Phiyega had alerted Lamoer to the investigation.

The Western Cape Crime Intelligence Division then laid a charge against her.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) earlier this month said the Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions declined to prosecute Phiyega saying there are no reasonable prospects of successful prosecution.