Board of commissioners pledge support for Phiyega

A board representing the nine provincial police commissioners says Riah Phiyega has turned the SAPS around.

FILE: National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN"

JOHANNESBURG - A board representing the nine provincial police commissioners says the negative attitude against National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is unfair and the police service is not a one-person show.

The board has issued a statement pledging its support for Phiyega, saying she has turned the service around.

Police analysts, opposition parties and unions have called for her to step down while President Jacob Zuma has yet to decide if any recourse will be taken against her.

The board of commissioners has denied allegations that police members are breaking ranks against Phiyega, saying she has the full support from the service.

National spokesperson Solomon Mokgale says claims of a messy state of affairs at the South African Police Service are unfounded.

"They deny categorically that they are unhappy with the national police commissioner."

He says at no point has any of the police management structures taken a resolution not to support the submission made at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

Phiyega submitted her response to the commission's recommendations late Friday night, explaining why an inquiry into her fitness to hold office should not go ahead.

But Mokgale says all bad press relating to policing cannot be reduced to one person as various units in the police service have been turned around through Phiyega's leadership.