That our police service is a mess is a statement that brooks no argument. National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega has had to justify to the person who appointed her, President Jacob Zuma, why she should stay in office. Nine former police officers are in court for the horrific murder of Mido Macia. Crime, and particularly violent crime, has surged in the last two years. Sadly, everyone knows someone who has been asked for a bribe by a cop, metro or otherwise. But instead of addressing the problems forcefully, it appears that at least a part of the police establishment has other task in hand: saving Phiyega’s career by any means. By STEPHEN GROOTES.