Phiyega asks for more time to react to Zuma

Suspended Police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Suspended Police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Embattled national police commissioner Riah Phiyega late last month told President Jacob Zuma she needed more time and clarity to make representations to him on why she should not be suspended pending the outcome of an inquiry into her fitness for office, the presidency said on Thursday.

Zuma had informed Phiyega of his intention to institute an inquiry — as recommended by the report of the Farlam commission on inquiry into the Marikana massacre — on August 20 and gave her six days to respond.

“General Phiyega responded on the 24th of August 2015, stating that she needed further clarity to enable her to respond,” the presidency said.

It did not immediately respond to questions on the new deadline Zuma had given Phiyega for representations but said government would continue to implement the recommendations of the commission.

The commission found that top police management had lied about the events leading up to the killing of 34 striking workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine three years ago and tried to obscure the fact that the operation that led to their deaths was hastily made without evaluation.


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