Nhleko 'advised' to give Phiyega an opportunity to resign

Nhleko was allegedly advised to offer Phiyega the opportunity resign, to spare her from public humiliation.

FILE. Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - It's emerged Police Minister Nathi Nhleko was advised to give suspended National Commissioner Riah Phiyega an opportunity to resign before instituting charges against her.

Last year, the minister released a damning report which found Phiyega guilty of perjury and fraud.

According to the report, Phiyega ignored internal processes when suspending, demoting and removing senior officials.

Nhleko was allegedly advised to offer Phiyega the opportunity resign, to spare her from public humiliation.

The Sunday Times reports that Johannesburg advocate Mahlodi Muofhe advised Nhleko to encourage Phiyega to resign rather than attempt to fight the charges.

However according to the report that conversation between Phiyega and Nhleko didn't happen.

Phiyega has criticised Nhleko's actions, saying she wasn't engaged during investigations and only found out about the charges along with the rest of South Africans.

She has vowed to fight back in an effort to restore her integrity.