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Nhleko denies Phiyega misconduct probe

The minister says he is still awaiting advice on whether he should institute a disciplinary.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Minister Nathi Nhleko on Wednesday said he has not set up any committee to investigate alleged criminal conduct by National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

The Sunday Independent 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.

This resulted in claims the commissioner defeated the ends of justice by tipping off Lamoer about an investigation into his conduct.

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

Zuma was appointed to the post of Gauteng Police Commissioner in August 2013.

Nhleko says the accusations are baseless.

"It is not within the purview of the minister of police or any minister to convene a committee of ministers. There is no committee to probe the national commissioner."

The minister says he is still awaiting advice on whether he should institute disciplinary proceedings against Phiyega.

"It's a matter that has been referred to for advice in terms of how this issue is to be handled from this point onwards."

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 probe.

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.