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Phiyega grilled about Marikana plan

It emerged that National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega did not read an affidavit she signed.

General Riah Phiyega reportedly didn’t read an affidavit she signed on the Marikana plan. Picture: EWN.

RUSTENBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's original statement about the Marikana shooting was questioned at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in Rustenburg on Thursday.

This after it emerged she did not sign the final draft before testifying.

President Jacob Zuma set up the inquiry to determine whether police were justified in using leathal force on the day 34 striking Lonmin miners were gunned down at the North West platinum mine.

The deadly shooting took place on August 16.

On Thursday, it emerged that Phiyega did not read an affidavit she signed before a commissioner of oaths.

A particular paragraph came into question.

It was centred around whether the top cop informed Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa about the operation that was due to take place in Marikana.

Phiyega maintained she did not call the minister to inform him of the operation, despite having signed an affidavit saying she did.

Mthethwa's role in Marikana was questioned, with Phiyega saying he offered her political support.

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