A lawyer representing suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said yesterday she was ready to face an inquiry into her fitness to hold office and clear her name. President Jacob Zuma suspended Phiyega in October last year over allegations of misconduct after the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, headed by retired Judge Ian Farlam, recommended she face a probe into her fitness to hold office.
This was after the commission investigated the deaths of 44 people who were killed during labour unrest at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana in August 2012. The inquiry, which is expected to start on May 3 and run until June 10, will be held at the Law Reform Commission’s offices in Centurion and will be chaired by Judge Johannes Claassen.
Phiyega’s lawyer, Sandile July, a director at Werkmans Attorneys, said he and a team of legal practitioners from his firm were ready to defend Phiyega at the hearing. He was speaking at a media briefing in Sandton in Phiyega’s presence, but she did not speak to journalists.
“When you subject yourself to an inquiry, your ultimate goal is to clear your name,” said July. Although Phiyega did not speak to reporters, she appeared upbeat and happily chatted with her legal team after the gathering. – firstname.lastname@example.org