National police commissioner Riah Phiyega has distributed an email to members of the SA Police Service [SAPS] asking them for support as pressure for her to be suspended mounts, the Sowetan newspaper reported on Thursday (31/10/2013).
Phiyega faces charges of defeating the ends of justice after a formal complaint was lodged with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).
She allegedly tipped off Western Cape commissioner Lt-Gen Arno Lamoer about an investigation against him by crime intelligence.
In her email, Phiyega said there was a plan to "change the SAPS into a professional outfit with committed members who serve the country as outlined in our Code of Conduct”.
"With each day that goes by, I see the SAPS taking steps forward. It is an uphill battle and the steps are tiny, but they are steps forward nonetheless.” She said it was time that those keen to see the SAPS achieve its objectives ”...stand up, raise their voices against those who want to drag us backwards”.
Phiyega criticised the crime intelligence unit, a division of her department.
"Although I do not expect my colleagues to behave in such an underhanded manner whereby they concoct a story and open a case against me, it however comes as no surprise given some of the mischievous activities conducted by crime intelligence in the past,” her email said. - Sapa