Top cops make damning submissions against Riah Phiyega

It’s understood senior officials gave examples of Phiyega’s apparent poor leadership in a report.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Sunday Times is reporting that senior police officials have made damning submissions against National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega just days before a deadline for her to convince the president that she is fit to hold office.

It's understood the top cops have given examples of Phiyega's apparent poor leadership in submissions contained in a report by a 'reference group' set up by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko in October last year.

According to the newspaper, high ranking police officials, including generals, lieutenant-generals and major generals, have detailed how under Phiyega's leadership, crime investigations suffered as a result of detectives being deployed to a long list of task teams which lead to cases, including murder and rape being neglected.

They've reportedly also decried the demotion and removal of senior cops who hold skills that are crucial to the South African Police Service (SAPS).

But perhaps more damning, are allegations that Phiyega failed to ensure that there was a consolidated unit to deal with the unrest in Marikana in August 2012.

The national police commissioner has until Friday to convince President Jacob Zuma that she should keep her job after the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which investigated the Marikana tragedy, recommended the establishment of a commission of inquiry into her fitness to hold office.