DA welcomes charges against Phiyega, Mbombo

2016-02-02 17:43
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Cape Town - The DA has welcomed an Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) decision to criminally charge suspended national commissioner Riah Phiyega and former North West Police Commissioner, Zukiswa Mbombo.

But they should not be used as scapegoats for those who bore the ultimate political responsibility for the tragic events at Marikana, DA police spokesperson Zakhele Mbhele said in a statement.

IPID told Parliament's police committee meeting on Tuesday that criminal cases had been opened against Phiyega and Mbombo for defeating the ends of justice.

This was with regards to them allegedly obstructing the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's work into the Marikana shootings.

In September, investigators registered cases of defeating the ends of justice against Phiyega and Mbombo, IPID acting head Israel Kgamanyane told MPs on Tuesday.

Mbhele said the decision was important for ensuring justice for the families of those who died at Marikana.

"Key political figures responsible – including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as then Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, then Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant – cannot be let off the hook," he said.

He also called for compensation for the families of those who died at Marikana to be fast-tracked.

The Farlam Commission, headed by the retired Judge Ian Farlam, investigated the killing of 44 people during strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, Rustenburg, on August 16 2012.

In its report released last year, the commission recommended that Phiyega face an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

President Jacob Zuma suspended Phiyega on October 14 last year over allegations of misconduct.

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