Zuma to institute inquiry into police chief’s fitness to hold office

Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma is to institute an inquiry into whether National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is fit to hold office, the Presidency said on Friday.

Jacob Zuma
Zuma has written to Phiyega, informing her of his intention to “institute an inquiry into the allegations of misconduct and/or lack of fitness for the office that she occupies and /or her ability to execute her duties efficiently with regard thereto, or any other conduct which may have a bearing on her position as Head of the Police Service”, presidential spokesperson Bongani Majola said.

Zuma had also afforded Phiyega the opportunity to make written representations to him as to why she should not be suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry, said Majola.

“The President received and considered the report of Judge Farlam pertaining to the Marikana Commission of Inquiry and has also received the comments of General Phiyega on the recommendations and findings contained therein,” the spokesperson said.

The Farlam Commission recommended in its report, released on June 25, that Phiyega face an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

The commission, lead by retired Judge Ian Farlam, recommends a full investigation into the role of police in the Marikana tragedy, with a view to ascertaining criminal liability on the part of all members of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The commission holds SAPS members accountable for the Marikana tragedy in which 44 people were killed, 34 of whom were shot dead in clashes with police during mining unrest in August 2012 in Marikana, North West Province in what was believed to be the worst mining unrest-related tragedy in the post-apartheid era. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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