Phiyega back at Farlam Commission

2014-09-10 05:33
Riah Phiyega (Picture: AP)

Riah Phiyega (Picture: AP)

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Johannesburg - National police commissioner Riah Phiyega is expected back at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday.

Phiyega appeared at the commission last year where she was thoroughly grilled about the police's role during the August 2012 strike at Lonmin's Platinum Mine in Marikana.

During her last appearance, Phiyega was accused of avoiding answering questions.

"You're the most evasive witness I've ever spoken to,” said Dali Mpofu, representing miners who were arrested and injured during the unrest.

At one point, families of the miners who were killed during the unrest walked out of the proceedings when Phiyega repeatedly failed to answer questions about video footage played to the commission.

While all the lawyers who wished to question Phiyega had done so last year, the commission had informed her she could be recalled to the stand.

The commission, sitting in Centurion, is investigating the deaths of 44 people killed during strike-related.

Police opened fire on a group of striking mineworkers and killed 34 of them on 16 August 2012. Around 70 people were injured while over 200 were arrested.

Police claimed they were trying to disperse and disarm them.

Ten other people, including two police officers and two Lonmin security officers, were killed in the unrest in the preceding week.

Read more on:    lonmin  |  riah phiyega  |  dali mpofu  |  johannesburg  |  marikana inquiry

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