No word from Phiyega's office on inquiry

2015-08-22 05:00
Riah Phiyega (Picture: Beeld)

Riah Phiyega (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - National police commissioner Riah Phiyega's spokeperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale could not be immediately reached on Friday night to comment on the institution of an inquiry into her fitness to hold office by President Jacob Zuma.  

The Presidency said on Friday evening that Zuma intended to institute an inquiry into allegations of misconduct leveled against Phiyega. 

"The president has also afforded General Phiyega an opportunity to make written representations to him as to why she should not be placed on suspension pending the outcome of the inquiry in terms of Section 8(3)(a) of the  [SA Police] Act," it said in a statement. 

It said Zuma considered the report by the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, and its recommendations on Phiyega. 

The commission, headed by retired judge Ian Farlam, investigated the deaths of 44 people killed during strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, Rustenburg, in August 2012.

It recommended in its report, released in June, that Phiyega face an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

According to a report by City Press earlier in August, sources inside and close to the police leadership told the publication that Phiyega was expected to argue that the Marikana shooting took place only two months after she was appointed.

She would also reportedly say she had trusted that senior police officers knew what they were doing in handling the crisis.

Read more on:    saps  |  riah phiyega  |  jacob zuma  |  police

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