Future of SA's top cops in Parliament's hands

9 provincial police commissioners who were hauled before Parliament will learn their fate on Wednesday.

President Jacob Zuma addressed the South Africa Police Service Commemoration Day to remember police officers killed in the line of duty, Union Buildings, Pretoria, on 6 September 2015. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - The country's nine provincial police commissioners, who were hauled before a Parliamentary committee to explain themselves, will know their fate on Wednesday.

The Portfolio Committee on Police initiated an inquiry after the generals released a report in which they supported now suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

They later apologised for undermining President Jacob Zuma.

The Freedom Front Plus's Pieter Groenewald says some of the generals may have lied during the inquiry.

Groenewald says if the committee finds some or all of them guilty, there will be serious consequences.

"There's a recommendation for instance, that they should be criminally charged and that they should be suspended and in the end, depending on the charge that they should be fired from the police.

"That's possible. or whether the portfolio committee itself doesn't have those powers, it can become the decision of the National Assembly."

The Sunday Independent reported that Parliament will also call for the generals to be suspended for allegedly lying and misleading the house.

The probe comes after provincial police commissioners issued a statement of support to Phiyega in August as she was being investigated for her role in the 2012 Marikana massacre.

The paper said the Hawks have been roped in to investigate several generals who served under Phiyega.

This may see up to four provincial commissioners arrested and charged.

The Sunday Independent said several top cops, who distanced themselves from the controversial report that sparked the parliamentary inquiry, were served with final warnings.