Phiyega seethes af­ter po­lice re­port claims con­flict of in­ter­est

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

FOR­MER na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Riah Phiyega has been left fum­ing af­ter the po­lice sub­mit­ted a re­port in Par­lia­ment al­leg­ing she was do­ing busi­ness with the state dur­ing her tenure.

Phiyega yes­ter­day de­scribed it as “mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the high­est or­der” and threat­ened to sue the po­lice.

This came af­ter the SAPS top brass tabled a re­port to the stand­ing com­mit­tee on pub­lic ac­counts (Scopa), which fin- gered 32 po­lice of­fi­cials do­ing busi­ness with the state.

Last night, Phiyega told The Star that the al­leged com­pany was a busi­ness unit of Transnet in which she was an ex­ec­u­tive and was sold to an in­di­vid­ual in 2002. “You know the com­pany has not ex­isted for many years. It was a busi­ness divi­sion of Transnet that han­dled the trav­el­ling of Transnet ex­ec­u­tives,” she said.

“I was not col­lect­ing any fees. I served on var­i­ous boards of Transnet with­out col­lect­ing any fees,” she said.

Phiyega said she was an­gry that the po­lice would drag her name through the mud by tabling such a re­port. “It is mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the high­est or­der,” she said.

In the list it is said Phiyega was paid R9 729. But she said some­one in the po­lice was be­ing mis­chievous.

The po­lice ad­mit­ted to Scopa that Phiyega was no longer part of the com­pany.

SAPS head of hu­man re­sources Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Bo­nang Mg­wenya said they had in­sti­tuted in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cases of of­fi­cials do­ing busi­ness with the state.

Mg­wenya said that with Phiyega, a foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­ducted and it was found that she had re­signed from the com­pany. She added that the re­port had cleared Phiyega.

ANC MP Nyami Booi ac­cused the po­lice of fail­ing to rein in their mem­bers for do­ing busi­ness with the state.

He said in their own re­port the po­lice said there were 469 of­fi­cers in­volved in cor­rup­tion.

Scopa chair­per­son Themba Godi said that when the au­di­tor-gen­eral (AG) re­leased his first re­port into of­fi­cials do­ing busi­ness with the state across govern­ment, the po­lice ranked high. Out of con­tracts worth R30 mil­lion in­ves­ti­gated by the AG, the po­lice were in­volved in con­tracts to­talling R14m.

Seli­nah Nkosi of the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion said they of­ten write to the min­is­ters to ask them to deal with of­fi­cials do­ing busi­ness with the state in or­der to re­move the con­flict of in­ter­est.

Those who are do­ing busi­ness with the state were iden­ti­fied in the records of the Com­pa­nies and In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Com­mis­sion.

Deputy Po­lice Min­is­ter Bongani Mkongi said they would at­tend to the mat­ter soon.

Mkongi de­scribed the lack of an­swers from his of­fi­cials as an em­bar­rass­ment to the po­lice, and he would meet with the AG to deal with the mat­ter.

Some of the of­fi­cials in­volved were clean­ers, clerks, crime in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials and foren­sic sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory of­fi­cials. The others were mem­bers of the sup­ply-chain man­age­ment.


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