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Inquiry into Phiyega’s fitness to be a Commissioner underway


The much awaited inquiry into the former Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to hold the office of the National Police Commissioner start today in Pretoria Gauteng.

Last year President Jacob Zuma suspended police commissioner Riah Phiyega with immediate effect and on full pay following the Marikana inquiry which questioned her ability to hold office of such an impact. Phiyega wrote to Zuma on September 28 giving reasons why she should not be suspended.

Earlier in September, Zuma established a board of inquiry following recommendations by Judge Ian Farlam in the Marikana report.

Judge Cornelis Claasen would chair the inquiry into Riah Phiyega’s ability to hold office and be assisted by advocates Bernard Khuzwayo and Anusha Rawjee.

The inquiry would determine her fitness to hold office.

The terms of reference of the board of inquiry include investigating whether Phiyega, acting with others in the SAPS leadership structures, “misled the commission” by hiding the fact that they had authorised the “tactical option” during a management meeting the day before the killings.

It would also investigate if Phiyega, while taking the decision to go the tactical route, could have foreseen the “tragic and catastrophic consequences which ensued”.

Zuma wants the inquiry to establish whether a report prepared for him and a media statement issued on August 17 were “deliberately amended” to hide the fact that there were two shooting incidents, “resulting in misleading the public that all the deaths had occurred at Scene 1, which arose out of members of SAPS having to defend themselves from an advancing mass”.