Top cops implicated alongside Thoshan Panday in hot water

It's understood Riah Phiyega initiated disciplinary action against officers accused of fraud & corruption.

FILE: National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police management says National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has initiated disciplinary steps against senior police officers implicated in fraud and corruption with politically-connected businessman Thoshan Panday.

Eyewitness News revealed this morning that two months before his suspension, Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride recommended that Phiyega be suspended for allegedly failing to act against the senior officers.

In a letter to Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and obtained by EWN , McBride accuses Phiyega of enabling a corrupt environment to thrive because of her failure to act against KwaZulu-Natal Commissioner Mamonye Ngobeni.

The police's Solomon Makgale says the gist of McBride's letter is that Phiyega should be investigated for failing to take disciplinary steps against senior police officers, but he says the general has acted on Ipid's recommendations.

"We appointed an external independent person. In the middle of the process we were told this person is no longer available. So, we're busy appointing somebody else to do the investigation. To allege that we are protecting someone and are not taking action is totally untrue."

Makgale says an investigation into Ngobeni's subordinates has been completed and is with their Human Resources department.

The police ministry has declined to comment.

Click here to read McBride's letter to Nhleko.