Editorial: Cop rot must be stopped at the top
The use of the police, intelligence services and NPA to fight personal, professional and political battles has reached crisis proportions in SA. Western Cape commissioner Arno Lamoer and national police commissioner Riah Phiyega. South Africa's most senior police officer, Riah Phiyega, has been drawn into the epidemic of infighting and Machiavellian intrigue that is consuming the leadership of our crime-fighting services.
If Phiyega's purpose was to shield Lamoer against investigation, that is a serious matter and she must answer for it. But there is a strong suggestion that the moves against her grew out of her "clear out" of rampant malpractice in the police force, and her suspension of Ngcobo days earlier.
Did crime intelligence operatives merely stumble on her conversation with Lamoer, or did something more sinister happen? The use of the police, intelligence services and National Prosecuting Authority to fight personal, professional and political battles has reached crisis proportions in South Africa, and perhaps poses the single greatest threat to the country's crime-fighting endeavours.
It should be a source of major concern that, according to a senior Western Cape police officer interviewed by the Mail & Guardian this week, crime intelligence in the province has been so disabled by infighting that other arms of the service have been forced to gather their own intelligence. Interference from the top reared its head under Thabo Mbeki's presidency, when there were increasingly strong signs that he and his loyalists in the prosecutions service were using the corruption investigation against Jacob Zuma to destroy him politically.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Mail & GuardianSimilar Stories