Popcru stands firm on its support for Phiyega

Popcru’s Richard Mamabolo says there is no reason why Riah Phiyega should be suspended.

National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says it still backs National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega despite President Jacob Zuma's announcement that an inquiry into her fitness to hold office should go ahead.

In a statement released on Friday night the Presidency announced its intention to launch an inquiry into allegations of misconduct against the police commissioner.

Zuma has requested the probe after considering the Marikana report which recommended that Phiyega's role in the 2012 massacre be considered in an official inquiry.

On 16 August 2012, 34 miners were gunned down by the police, during an unprotected strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

The police commissioner will now have to explain why she should not be suspended pending the inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

But Popcru's Richard Mamabolo says there is no reason she should be suspended.

"We've got certain views about the Farlam Commission of Inquiry outcomes and we believe the environment is already polluted."

Mamabolo says the inquiry was spurred on by the debate over an SMS Phiyega sent to the Democratic Alliance's Dianne Kohler Barnard earlier last week.

However Kohler Barnard says Phiyega's track record as police commissioner is just disastrous and she cannot stay.

"South Africa desperately needs a well-managed Saps [South African Police Services] that they can trust to keep our streets safe not bear the brunt of disintegrated police services."

The Parliament Portfolio Committee on Police has also welcomed the president's announcement.