Phiyega dodges questions about Marikana report

2015-07-09 16:14
National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega (Naledi Shange, News24)

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega (Naledi Shange, News24)

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Vereeniging - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on Thursday dodged questions about the Marikana report released by President Jacob Zuma last month.

Phiyega was attending her first public engagement since Zuma announced that the commission of inquiry, which probed the deaths of 44 people during a 2012 strike at Lonmin's Platinum Mine in Marikana in the North West, had recommended that an inquiry be held into her fitness to hold office.

The commission also found that the SA Police Service lied about its tactical plan to disperse striking mineworkers on August 16 2012, resulting in 34 of them being shot dead.

But as Phiyega attended a gun destroying event in Vereeniging, her spokesperson Solomon Makgale acted as a shield and firmly instructed journalists that only questions relating to the firearm destruction would be entertained.

"I am going to plead with you to limit your question to the business of today. I know there are many things in the SA Police Service that we deal with, but we are here for a specific purpose," Makgale said.

One reporter attempted to quizz Phiyega about the report, but she responded by saying the matter was not for her to answer, instead leaving it in Makgale's hands who did not answer the question either.

Phiyega has until July 31 to respond to Zuma regarding the commission's findings.

Read more on:    police  |  riah phiyega  |  johannesburg  |  marikana inquiry

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