Ngobeni found to have lied under oath

McBride recommended Phiyega be investigated for failing to take disciplinary steps against Ngobeni.

FILE: The Police say the National Police Commissioner has taken disciplinary action against corrupt officials. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While police management has dismissed claims that KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni is being protected, it's not the first time she has escaped prosecution in the face of compelling evidence.

Eyewitness News revealed today that two months before he was suspended, Independent Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head, Robert McBride recommended that Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega be suspended and investigated for failing to initiate disciplinary steps against members implicated in corruption, including Ngobeni.

The police say they have however acted on Ipid's recommendations and have started their own internal investigation.

The Institute for Security Studies Gareth Newham said, "The KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner was found, during the board of inquiry into Bheki Cele, to have lied under oath. She should have had action taken against her then, in terms of the police code of conduct. It's not the first time that provincial commissioner has been protected from any disciplinary action."

_ Click here_ to read McBride's letter to Nhleko.