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Sapu: Professionalise police service

The opposition and Sapu are calling on the president to implement changes in the SAPS.

FILE: The opposition and Popcru are calling on the president to implement changes in the SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Union (Sapu) has called on President Jacob Zuma to professionalise the police service as he launches his inquiry into National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness to hold office.

Opposition parties meanwhile have welcomed the president's decision, calling it his opportunity to implement a trustworthy police service.

Zuma has given Phiyega the opportunity to explain why she should not be suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry.

Sapu's Mpho Kwinika says Phiyega cannot continue as head of police with a dark cloud of corruption hanging over her head.

"There is already a doubt on her and South Africans cannot afford to have a person who has a cloud hanging over them."

The Democratic Alliance's Dianne Kohler-Barnard says President Zuma should extend the inquiry to all those responsible for what when wrong in Marikana in 2012, including former police minister Nathi Mthethwa.

"We all bear the brunt of disintegrating police service which lacks effective leadership and this is a welcomed opportunity to once and for all get it right."

Zuma first gave Phiyega the opportunity to explain why she should keep her job after the Farlam Commission of Inquiry recommended that her role in the massacre be investigated.