Presidency denies Phiyega “re-deployment” claims

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 11, 2015

The Presidency has denied a weekend newspaper report that President Jacob Zuma met with embattled National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega last year, to discuss her possible reappointment to another governmental position.

According to a CityPress article, Zuma reportedly hosted Phiyega at a meeting in Pretoria during November, having expressed disaffection at the continuing delay of the report into the massacre of 34 Lonmin miners at Marikana in 2012.

The article stated that Zuma wanted to save Phiyega the embarrassment in the event of the police being found guilty of the tragedy, by offering her re-deployment or diplomatic posting. She reportedly rejected both choices and insisted that Zuma firing her would be the sole method of departure.

“President Zuma has not had a discussion at any time with General Phiyega with regards to removing her from her position or to deploy her in any other position,” a statement from The Presidency read.

Phiyega’s spokesperson Solomon Makgale has also denied the meeting taking place. 

 

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