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Top cops in hot water over support for Phiyega... again

This comes after MPs adopted a report which says their conduct embarrassed the Saps.

FILE: Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Provincial police commissioners who had publicly declared their support for embattled top cop Riah Phiyega are in hot water again, after Ministers of Parliament (MPs) adopted a report which says their conduct embarrassed the South African Police Service (Saps).

The adoption of the report follows an unprecedented parliamentary inquiry into whether the Saps top brass misled MPs about the circumstances that led to the issuing of controversial statements of support for Phiyega.

Phiyega has since been suspended pending the outcome of a probe into her fitness to hold office, as recommended by the Farlam Commission.

The Police Portfolio Committee has found the two statements were aimed at influencing the process that was initiated by the president, after he received the Farlam Commission's report.

The committee wants the Police Ministry to consider appointing boards of inquiry into the conduct of the provincial commissioners who had declared their support for Phiyega.

MPs believe Phiyega's spokesperson tried to deliberately mislead them about the circumstances surrounding the issuing of the first controversial statement, and have recommended appropriate steps be taken against him for his conduct.

The next step is for the committee's report to go to the National Assembly for adoption.