Zuma must rule quickly on Phiyega

Police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Refilwe Modise

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega met her Friday deadline to submit written reasons to President Jacob Zuma why she should not be subjected to an inquiry to determine her fitness to hold office.

Speculation had been rife that Phiyega had lost the support of her subordinates, but weekend reports suggest all regional police heads have rallied behind her.

Apart from the Marikana disaster, where the police failed dismally in crowd control resulting in the fatal shooting of 34 striking mine workers, Phiyega has also been seen as the cause of the malaise in the police. It is not surprising that opposition parties have heightened their calls for Zuma to fire Phiyega, whose own integrity came under question during the Marikana Commission.

The commission found the leadership of the police on the highest level appeared to have taken the decision not to give the true version of events that led to the tragedy. We can only hope this time around Zuma will read Phiyega’s response and apply his mind a little quicker than he did with the Marikana Commission report.


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