In parliament today, the Portfolio Committee on Police is discussing an sms that was sent by the National Police Commissioner General, Riah Phiyega to the DA’s Shadow Minister of Police, Diane Kohler Barnard
The sms reads: "I’m black, proud, capable, and get it clear you can take nothing from me, eat your heart out. I am not made by you and cannot be undone by you. Riah Phiyega."
Phiyega confirmed that she she indeed send the sms.
Diane Kohler Barnard spoke to Stephen about how she felt when she received that sms from Riah Phiyega.
I was shocked. I had been on a half and hour television programme and put my phone back on and there it was. It is totally inappropriate for any member of an entity to target a member a parliamentary portfolio committee. it is unheard of and it cannot be done! It will be dealt with by the committee chair severely.— Diane Kohler Barnard, DA’s Shadow Minister of Police
Stephen also hears from the Police spokesperson about why the sms was sent and what it means.
All we're saying is, it is your job to criticise but do so in a respectful manner. The National Police Commissioner General should be treated with the respect afforded to a person in that position.— Solomon Mokgale, National Police Commissioner General's spokesperson
There is no threatening undertone in the sms National Police Commissioner General Phiyega sent. It's a statement of fact and self-affirmation.— Solomon Mokgale, National Police Commissioner General's spokesperson