Phiyega back at Marikana inquiry

2013-05-23 13:14
Riah Phiyega (Picture: AP)

Riah Phiyega (Picture: AP)

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Rustenburg - National police commissioner Riah Phiyega returned to the Farlam Commission to resume her cross-examination on Thursday.

Commission chairperson, retired judge Ian Farlam, ordered that Phiyega be sworn-in again.

Phiyega's cross-examination was interrupted last month when Dali Mpofu, for the wounded and arrested miners, was stabbed in East London in an apparent robbery.

Mpofu had been in the middle of his cross-examination.

On Thursday, he recapped several aspects he had covered with Phiyega before the disruption.

Mpofu questioned Phiyega on whether she still believed the police's action was correct during the Marikana crowd dispersal operation.

Awaiting outcome

Phiyega said she would await the outcome of the commission to determine her views on the matter.

"The testimony I have given has not changed," she said.

The commission, sitting in Rustenburg, is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 44 people during the Marikana wage-related unrest last year.

Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers on 16 August. Ten people, including two police officers, were killed in the preceding week.

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