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The end for Riah Phiyega’s term in office

Monday marks the end of Riah Phiyega’s term in the office after Police Minister Fikile Mbalula confined the departure of former acting National Police Commissioner  Kgomotso Pahlane last week.

The end for Riah Phiyega’s team in office

The Former National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega was appointed to the position in 2012

The position came two months before the Marikana massacre when 34 people were killed at Lonmin’s mine in the North West.

Phiyega was suspended by Zuma in October 2015, following the findings of the commission of inquiry into Marikana.

She was on suspension over the past 18 months while Khomotso Phahlane remained in charge

She told Independent Media on Friday night that, she was not aggrieved about her departure from the police but she is happy she had run her full race

“A contract is limited, the important thing is that I ran my full race for five years and the separation is on the basis of my contract coming to an end.

Phahlane was also removed following allegations of corruption against him that are being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

Lesetja Mothiba was earlier this month appointed as the new interim National Police Commissioner after President Jacob Zuma relieved acting commissioner Phahlane was being investigated.

However, Phiyega said, she would continue with the reviews because they dealt with issues beyond the contract, and the court still had to decide on the findings.

The Police Ministry’s Vuyo Mhaga says: “I think that ball will be rolling as from today to look for a suitable candidate and consult widely. So we’re expecting the position to be filled by end of this year hopefully.”

Mbalula told Parliament he was on a search for a new permanent head and the appointment would have been made by the end of August.

This was the message he also communicated to the president because he wanted stability in the police.


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