Phiyega's fighting spirit

By Drum Digital
18 April 2016

Suspended Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega talks about gender discrimination, clearing her name and strong women

By Ayanda Sitole

Within 63 days o f holding office she found herself under heavy public scrutiny.

She was caught up in the middle of the international media frenzy at Lonmin’s Marikana Mine, where 34 people died and 78 people were injured in August 2012.

This was followed by the three-year investigation by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which among other things recommended that Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega’s fitness to hold office should be investigated.

The 57-year-old National Police Commissioner, better known as Riah, was then suspended*. However, she firmly maintains there is no legitimate reason to blame her for the tragic incident, and has refused to resign.

Read more in the 21 April issue of DRUM.

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