Phiyega must be suspended - IFP

2015-06-25 21:10
Genl. Riah Phiyega

Genl. Riah Phiyega

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Johannesburg - The Inkatha Freedom Party wants national police commissioner Riah Phiyega and all police officials involved in the 2012 Marikana shooting to be suspended with immediate effect.

This followed the release of the report into the shooting in Marikana where 34 mineworkers were killed when police opened fire on them.

President Jacob Zuma read out a summary of the findings and recommendations from the Marikana commission on Thursday evening, almost three months after receiving the report.

"The summarised findings of the report clearly indicate grave tactical and judgmental errors on the side of the national police commissioner, Riah Phiyega, and many other SAPS members involved in the tragedy at Lonmin mine," IFP MP Albert Mncwango said in a statement.

"The IFP has always contended that national police commissioner, Riah Phiyega, was never fit to hold office as she did not have the requisite training and experience coming, as she did, from a civilian background."

The IFP also criticised the commission's finding that the executive could not be held accountable. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and then police minister Nathi Mthethwa and mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu were let off scot-free.

"We find this hard to believe given the clear involvement of some members of the executive in this matter," said Mncwango.

"We shall conduct a full study of the report as soon as it is available."

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