Suspended SA police chief fights back

Suspended South Africa National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has vowed to go down fighting amid indications that her job is on the line.
The omens were sounded when a ministerial reference group made both criminal and misconduct findings against her.
Ms Phiyega hit back at the ministerial group saying the process followed was grossly unlawful and unethical.
The findings come ahead of the sitting of a board of inquiry established by President Jacob Zuma to probe her fitness to hold office.
She said the report serves “only as a malicious, vindictive attempt to create a distraction for me ahead of the board of inquiry that has been instituted by the president.”
The troubled police boss was fingered for the August 2012 Marikana tragedy in which 44 people died during a mine wage dispute in the North West province.
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko told Parliament on Wednesday that Phiyega has committed several acts of perjury while bringing the South African Police Service into disrepute during her service.
Marikana massacre
The beleaguered police boss is now fighting for her survival and has said the findings are “vindictive” and were reached in a “kangaroo court”.
She questioned why she was never engaged to give her side of the story.
“If these parties really had the intent to seek justice on these allegations, they would have invited me to share my version of events and account for my actions before drawing these detrimental findings,” Ms Phiyega said.
President Zuma suspended Ms Phiyega exactly a month ago over allegations of misconduct, questions of her fitness to hold office and her capacity to execute official duties efficiently.
Prior to her suspension, President Zuma gave the police chief a September 28 deadline to give reasons why she should not be suspended while an inquiry is underway.
The police general was appointed in 2012, two months before the Marikana massacre.
Her predecessor, Mr Bheki Cele, also exited the same seat after being declared “unfit for the position” because of his involvement in police property lease agreements.

SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW