Inquiry into Phiyega's fitness to hold office completed

2016-11-21 16:27
Riah Phiyega (Picture: Mary-Ann Palmer)

Riah Phiyega (Picture: Mary-Ann Palmer)

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Johannesburg – The inquiry into suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega’s fitness to hold office has been completed.

The Claassen Board of Inquiry would hand its report to President Jacob Zuma at a date to be determined by him, chairperson Judge Neels Claassen said on Monday.

The inquiry concluded its hearings on June 3. It was established following a recommendation by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

The Farlam commission investigated the police’s killing of 34 miners during a strike at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana on August 16 2012, and the deaths of 10 people, including two police officers and two security guards, the previous week.

Zuma suspended Phiyega in October last year, over 14 allegations of misconduct.

Lindela Mashigo, a brigadier at the time of the Marikana violence and responsible for the police's communications department, told the inquiry that Phiyega changed a statement prepared by police shortly before addressing media about the 34 strikers killed.

She removed reference to the number of people killed and added that police were forced to use "maximum force" to defend themselves, Mashigo said.


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