Nxasana directs Phiyega to court on NPA matter
Mxolisi Nxasana says Riah Phiyega should look to the court if she feels aggrieved about anything.
PRETORIA - The National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana, says National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, should look to the court if she feels aggrieved about anything, because it's not for him to intervene in legal proceedings.
He was reacting to Phiyega's telephone calls to him after a summons was issued for his deputy Nomgcobo Jiba.
The police are adamant their investigator had no part in the matter, a claim the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is denying, insisting that prosecutors worked closely with detectives.
A spat is brewing between the prosecuting body and the South African Police Service, with each law enforcement agency providing different versions of events.
The NPA announced on Tuesday that Jiba was Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) and a summons had been served for her to appear in court on charges of perjury and fraud next month.
It's understood she reported for duty on Thursday after two days of being AWOL.
The national director addressed the media in Pretoria yesterday to settle any confusion surrounding Jiba's case.
Nxasana quoted George Orwell's Animals Farm when he suggested that Phiyega's phone call about Jiba created the impression that some animals were more equal than others.
"It's unavoidable that she is being protected at all costs."
He says the courts are the appropriate avenue.
"If Phiyega feels strongly about it then she should apply to court."
Nxasana says anyone accuses the NPA of wrongdoing, should put their allegations in a sworn affidavit to present in court.
He has strongly defended the organisation saying the summons was issued in terms of the law.
To see Jiba's summons and charge sheet, click here. LISTEN: Nxasana responds to SAPS statement.
LISTEN: Nxasana responds to SAPS statement.