Phiyega motivates to stay put

By Drum Digital
29 September 2015

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has submitted reasons to President Jacob Zuma on why she should not be suspended pending the inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has submitted reasons to President Jacob Zuma on why she should not be suspended pending the inquiry into her fitness to hold office, the presidency said on Monday.

"General Phiyega submitted her response today [Monday], on September 28 and these will be considered by the president," said presidential spokesperson Bongani Majola.

Monday was the deadline for Phiyega to motivate why she should not be suspended after Zuma gave her an extension as requested.

Earlier this month, the commissioner told the president she needed more time to respond to his letter warning her of a possible suspension.

Last week Tuesday, Zuma announced that the board of inquiry would be made up of Judge Cornelis Johannes Claassen, who would chair it, and advocates Bernard Sakhile Khuzwayo and Anusha Rawjee.

This was after The Farlam Commission, headed by retired judge Ian Farlam, investigated the deaths of 44 people killed during strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, Rustenburg, in August 2012.

It recommended in its report, released in June, that Phiyega face an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

There has been speculation and reports  about who would stand in for Phiyega if she was suspended.

Deputy national police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela was tipped for the job, but he is not the only one.

Mawela also heads up the national joint operational and intelligence structure (Natjoints).

According to City Press and Afrikaans daily Beeld, Mawela was the front runner for the job.

However last month, City Press reported that according to police sources head of policing operations Kehla Sithole and Nobubele Mbekela, head of corporate service management, were also on the list of possible stand-ins.

On Monday, Beeld reported that according to its police sources head of forensics Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane was a possible replacement or supply chain management divisional head Gary Kruser.

Source: News24

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