Inquiry Board set to hand over recommendations on Phiyega’s case in August

Closing arguments on the Claassen Board of Inquiry into suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega’s fitness to hold office were on Friday concluded.

The board heard from representatives for the injured miners, families of the deceased and Amcu. All the parties submitted that Phiyega is guilty of misconduct.

Evidence leaders placed Phiyega under fire for not presenting her side of the Marikana story. Phiyega’s lawyers said there was no need for the top cop to testify before the inquiry.

On Wednesday, the inquiry heard that Phiyega had succumbed to political pressure during the violent labour unrest.

In August 2012, 44 people were killed at Marikana’s Lonmin platinum mine.

Advocate Ismael Jamie said that the findings of the board may result in criminal liability; he also told the board that he believed that they had presented facts which proved that Phiyega was not fit for office.

On the other hand Advocate William Mokhari said they believe Phiyega should be acquitted, he told the board Phiyega didn’t break the Police Service Act and that disciplinary regulations were not applicable to her.

The board is set to hand over its recommendations to President Jacob Zuma and all affected parties by August.

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