Phiyega mum for now on ‘unfit’ report

2016-12-04 15:49

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Johannesburg - Suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega has declined to publicly comment on reports that she has been found unfit to hold office, her legal counsel said on Sunday.

"Neither General Phiyega nor any member of her legal team will comment on the findings of the Claassen Board of Inquiry until such time when a copy of the findings... is made available to us," her lawyer Sandile July said in a statement.

He said the board has not yet presented her with these findings "either formally or informally".

On Sunday, City Press reported that the board recommended that Phiyega be dismissed. According to the newspaper, the inquiry concluded on June 3 and the report was finalised on November 13.

The inquiry's report allegedly implicates Phiyega in wrongdoing in connection the Marikana massacre in 2012 when 34 miners at Lonmin platinum mine were killed – some shot in the back while running away from police – during wage protests.

The inquiry's report allegedly also finds that she had misled the Farlam Commission which investigated the events at Marikana.

The newspaper further reported that Phiyega had written to the board's secretary, Advocate Liza Tsatsi, asking that the board submit its report to the president, the national police commissioner, the commissioner concerned and the relevant parliamentary committee.

However, on Sunday, July disputed this claim. "We are yet to approach the Claassen Board of Inquiry to seek clarification on when it intends to avail the findings of the inquiry to our client," he said.

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