Acting police chief accused of having affairs with junior colleagues

The City Press says Khomotso Phahlane is accused of fathering children with two subordinates.

FILE. Johannes Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: Gallo Images/Foto24 /Brendan Croft.

JOHANNESBURG - Barely in the job for five days, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane claims he's the victim of a smear campaign and Riah Phiyega says she's been wrongfully targeted.

The City Press says South Africa's new top cop has lashed out at his detractors within the service, who have falsely accused him of having affairs with junior colleagues and fathering their children.

The acting national police commissioner was appointed by President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday.

The City Press says Phahlane revealed that three fellow officers have made up stories about him fathering children with two subordinates, and that one of the children is hidden away in Cape Town.

Phahlane says they have also accused him of using state money to throw himself a birthday party at the police college in Pretoria West when he was head of personnel.

The acting top cop says the allegations are levelled by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), whom he disciplined after they cheated in an exam.

Meanwhile the paper also says suspended police commissioner, Phiyega, is not considering resigning or accepting a golden handshake and remains determined to survive the board of inquiry Zuma convened to look into her fitness to hold office.