BOARD BEGINS INQUIRY TUESDAY INTO SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE CHIEF’S FITNESS TO HOLD OFFICE

A board of inquiry will begin hearings here Tuesday to determine whether suspended South African National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, is fit to hold office.

The Board of Inquiry, chaired by retired Judge Cornelius Claassen, was established by President Jacob Zuma following a recommendation by the Farlam Commission, which was set up to investigate the deaths of 44 people at a clash between police and striking miners in Marikana in North West Province in 2012.

The Board of Inquiry will seek to determine whether Phiyega misled the Farlam Commission by withholding information related to the police operations at Marikana.

The Farlam Commission found that Phiyega, who was just two months into her job when the shootings occurred, failed to disclose details of a meeting with the police top brass where she endorsed a proposal to take action against striking miners.

The Board of Inquiry will also probe remarks she made at a police parade a day after the Aug 16, 2012 shootings in which she commended the police for a job well done.

The inquiry is set to take place over a period of six weeks with at least 15 witnesses lined up.

Phiyega is planning to challenge the findings of the Farlam Commission before the courts, and this might see the inquiry being put on hold pending the resolution of the court proceedings.

SOURCE: NAM NEWS NETWORK