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Presidency denies establishing Phiyega misconduct probe

Mac Maharaj says there is no substance to the claims made by the Sunday Independent.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Presidency has denied its planning to set up an inter-ministerial task team to probe alleged misconduct by National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

The Sunday Independent yesterday reported that President Jacob Zuma will establish a team to look into allegations that Phiyega tipped off Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer about pending charges against him.

The report further stated that the team would look into claims that Phiyega knew Lieutenant General Bethuel Zuma faced criminal charges before appointing him Gauteng Police Commissioner in August 2013.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj says there is no substance to the claims made by the newspaper.

"President Zuma has not appointed a committee to investigate Phiyega as reported by the newspaper. The media reports are in fact incorrect."

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 that Phiyega had alerted Lamoer about the investigation.

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

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