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Phiyega defends North West commissioner

Top cop Riah Phiyega says Zukiswa Mbombo was more than qualified to handle the Marikana violence.

North West Police Commissioner Lt General Zukiswa Mbombo. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.

MARIKANA - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega today told the Farlam Commission of Inquiry she was not consulted about the police's operation on the day of the Marikana shooting.

Phiyega said this was because the North West Commissioner General Zukiswa Mbombo was in charge.

The top cop is on the hot seat at the inquiry regarding the police's conduct at Lonmin's North West mine last year when 34 miners were killed.

On the 16 August Mbombo announced that it was 'D-day' and the violence in Marikana would come to an end

Advocate George Bizos asked under whose authority she made this announcement.

Phiyega said there was no need to consult her because Mbombo was in charge.

"It was not necessary because she is the highest and most senior official [in the police] in this province. She has a full mandate."

Phiyega maintained the police's plan of action was interrupted and the outcome was unintentional.