Closing arguments in Phiyega inquiry to be heard

By Drum Digital
01 June 2016

The closing arguments in the Claassen Board of Inquiry to investigate suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness to hold office, will be heard on Wednesday.

Phiyega’s defence team announced at the previous appearance that they would not be calling further witnesses.

Lindela Mashigo, a brigadier at the time and responsible for the police's communications department, told the inquiry that Phiyega changed a statement prepared by police shortly before addressing media about the 34 strikers killed in Marikana on August 16, 2012.

She removed reference to the number of people killed and added that police were forced to use "maximum force" to defend themselves, Mashigo said.

The inquiry followed a recommendation by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which investigated the deaths during strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

Zuma suspended Phiyega in October last year, over 14 allegations of misconduct.

Source: News24

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