'Phiyega should speedily address Saps infighting'

Gauteng Saps leadership received a major shake-up with the redeployment of deputy commissioners.

FILE: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura has described infighting within the leadership of the police in the province as petty and says the National Commissioner must address this speedily.

Makhura says he has written to Riah Phiyega and Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to raise concerns about infighting within the Saps and the Hawks, which have both seen shake-ups over the past few weeks.

Hawks Gauteng boss Shadrack Sibiya is still not back at work despite his suspension being overturned in court as this is being appealed by the unit.

Meanwhile, the Saps leadership in the province has received a major shake up with the redeployment of deputy commissioners.

Makhura says criminals thrive when there is infighting and police should be dealing with crime and not their internal matters.

"When the police are not focusing on their job, especially the leadership, there is petty infighting, the criminals thrive and this is something we can't keep quiet about. And their job is to keep up community safe in partnership with community-based structures."