No clarity on Phiyega's response to Zuma

2015-07-31 20:00
Riah Phiyega (Picture: Beeld)

Riah Phiyega (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Neither the police nor the presidency could say on Friday whether police commissioner Riah Phiyega had written to President Jacob Zuma explaining why she should keep her job.

National police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo referred queries to the presidency. Presidency spokesperson Bongani Majola referred queries back to the police.

When told of the police’s response, Majola said he was on the road and could not help.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry recommended in its report, released on June 25, that Phiyega face an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

President Jacob Zuma subsequently asked her to submit reasons in writing, by Friday, explaining why she should not face an inquiry.

The Farlam commission found that police leaders did not tell the truth about the events leading up to the killing of 34 striking workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine on August 16 2012.

"The leadership of the police, on the highest level, appears to have taken the decision not to give the true version of how it came about that the 'tactical option' was implemented on the afternoon of August 16, and to conceal the fact that the plan to be implemented was hastily put together without inputs or evaluation," the report reads.

Phiyega said in a statement last Sunday that she would respond to Zuma.

"We have picked up some of the areas where we strongly disagree with the content of the report, such as the insinuation that management went to work that day with murderous intent. But this is a discussion for another day," she said.

Read more on:    riah phiyega  |  jacob zuma  |  marikana inquiry

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