National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Gallo Images
National police commissioner Riah Phiyega has denied colluding with two cabinet ministers and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in an alleged plot to arrest former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.
Phiyega, at a police awards ceremony in Polokwane on Saturday, said: “I heard about his allegations on TV. I don’t think there is any credit in what he is saying.
“The NPA is best placed to respond.”
The youth leader told thousands in Polokwane after his Friday court appearance that a high-level conspiracy to arrest him had been hatched.
“Advocate (Nomgcobo) Jiba, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and police commissioner Riah Phiyega held a meeting in Cape Town to discuss my arrest,” Malema claimed.
Phiyega said: “I am not sure what meeting he is talking about.”
Malema said his lawyers had written to the NPA demanding an explanation. He said they would prove in court on April 23 that his charges were politically motivated.
Malema, with four business partners, faces charges of money laundering and racketeering over the R52m tender awarded to On-Point Engineering.
His lawyer, André Bezuidenhout, yesterday said the new charge sheet had more than 50 charges on it.
Malema told supporters, wearing T-shirts calling for the election of ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, that President Zuma must be removed from leadership. “The abuse of courts to settle political differences is not sustainable. We cannot continue to be ruled by a president who cannot read.”
Expelled ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa told the crowd: “I have a dream that if Jacob Zuma returns the ANC will not live for 20 years.
“In 2014, the ANC will be 50% down. We have a government run by thieves who steal and are not ashamed.” – Additional reporting by Sapa