Phiyega changes her tune

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega admits she could have been wrong in her original statement.

National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega in her Pretoria office. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

MARIKANA - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on Monday admitted she may have to revisit her original statement about the police's conduct in Marikana in August.

Phiyega was cross examined at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in Rustenburg about her statement claiming police acted in self-defence when 34 miners were killed.

In the police's opening statement, they admit that some officers may have shot miners in what they thought was self-defence but they were actually responding to friendly fire.

Phiyega however claims the police had no choice but to use force to protect themselves from the miners.

Earlier, she admitted she could have been wrong.

"Through the process of this hearing that evidence will be given and at that point I'm sure we then may have to revisit my original statement."

Evidence leaders argued that Phiyega rushed to make a statement to defend the police without considering another version of events.

Meanwhile, a sangoma who was due to testify at the commission was killed in the Eastern Cape over the weekend.

The sangoma, who allegedly supplied the miners muti they believed would make them invincible, was shot dead by unknown gunmen.

The gunmen are still at large.

Police are still hunting for the man's killers.

The commission was set up by President Jacob Zuma to investigate the deaths of 44 people during the illegal strike at the mine.

Miners were demanding a monthly salary of R12,500 at the time.