South Africa to probe allegations of misconduct by police chief

South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday established a board of inquiry into the allegations of misconduct by National Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

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The board will look into Phiyega’s capacity to execute official duties efficiently, the Presidency said.

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Phiyega was blamed for misconduct that led to the deaths of 34 miners who were killed by police during mining unrest at the Lonmin Platinum Mine in Marikana, North West Province in 2012, an incident known as the Marikana tragedy.

The three-member Board of Inquiry will comprise Chairperson Cornelis Johannes Claasen and members Advocates Bernard Sakhile Khuzwayo and Anusha Rawjee.

The board shall investigate whether Phiyega, acting together with other leadership of the South African Police Service (SAPS) or alone, misled the Commission of Inquiry by concealing that it had made the decision to implement a “tactical option”aimed at quelling the mining unrest, presidential spokesperson Bongani Majola said.

On August 26, 2012, Zuma appointed the Commission of Inquiry to investigate matters of public, national and international concern arising out of the Marikana tragedy.

The commission was tasked with enquiring into and making findings and recommendations concerning the conduct of those involved in the tragedy.

In a report issued in June, the commission recommended that there be an enquiry into Phiyega’s fitness to hold office.

Zuma had written to Phiyega to inform her of the recommendations pertaining to her.

The president has furnished Phiyega with the terms of reference of the Board of Inquiry following her request for further clarity with regards to the inquiry, and has in addition accorded Phiyega a further opportunity to make representations by September 28 as to why she should not be suspended pending the final determination of her fitness to hold office. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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