Phiyega’s sus­pended spokesper­son guilty of mis­con­duct

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - TANKISO MAKHETHA tankiso.makhetha@inl.co.za

SUS­PENDED po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Solomon Mak­gale has been found guilty of mis­con­duct in re­la­tion to state­ments is­sued in sup­port of em­bat­tled top cop Riah Phiyega.

De­spite this, a re­port states that Mak­gale was not found to be guilty of at­tempt­ing to de­fend sus­pended na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Phiyega.

The re­port, seen by The Star, in­di­cates that Mak­gale and deputy na­tional com­mis­sioner of cor­po­rate ser­vice man­age­ment, Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Christa­bel Mbekela, were found to be guilty of all the charges they faced, apart from one.

Mak­gale would not com­ment on the mat­ter.

The re­port, which is yet to be tabled in Par­lia­ment, states that the pair “sought to mis­lead the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee re­gard­ing what had taken place dur­ing the SAPS board of com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing in re­la­tion to dis­cus­sions lead­ing to the com­pi­la­tion of the Au­gust 1, 2015 state­ment ti­tled ‘The SAPS board of com­mis­sion­ers fully sup­ports Gen­eral Riah Phiyega’.”

It fur­ther states that the pair pro­vided false and in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion to the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee in re­la­tion to the cir­cum­stances and dis­cus­sions lead­ing to the com­pi­la­tion of the state­ment in ques­tion.

Mak­gale and Mbekela were found to be guilty of be­ing unco-op­er­a­tive in re­la­tion to the in­for­ma­tion they con­veyed to the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee re­gard­ing the events at the Lim­popo meet­ing, and were found to be guilty of con­duct­ing them­selves in an im­proper man­ner re­gard­ing the in­for­ma­tion they con­veyed.

Mak­gale was sus­pended for re­leas­ing me­dia state­ments on Au­gust 1, 2015 al­legedly de­fend­ing Phiyega and mis­lead­ing the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on the po­lice.

Mbekela was sus­pended af­ter she did a ra­dio in­ter­view claim­ing that Phiyega was be­ing tar­geted be­cause she is a woman.

In Au­gust 2015, the Board of Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Com­mis­sion­ers is­sued a state­ment in sup­port of Phiyega, a day af­ter she sub­mit­ted her re­sponse to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma re­lat­ing to the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Marikana Com­mis­sion of In­quiry that her fit­ness for of­fice be in­ves­ti­gated.

While the po­lice port­fo­lio com­mit­tee di­rected the com­mis­sion­ers to with­draw their state­ment and apol­o­gise, Mak­gale is­sued an­other state­ment on their be­half al­most two weeks later to “cor­rect the mis­con­cep­tions” cre­ated by the ini­tial state­ment.

A source, who pre­ferred to re­main anony­mous, said politi­cians were up in arms when the state­ment was re­leased, say­ing it had been is­sued in sup­port of Phiyega against Zuma.

Mbekela could also not be reached for com­ment.

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