Phiyega to be cross examined

Police commissioner Riah Phiyega will take the stand at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

FILE: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega addresses the media on the Lonmin shooting. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega will take the stand once again at the Marikana Commission Inquiry as she undegoes further cross examination.

Phiyega was answering questions about the police's conduct when 34 miners were killed during last year's unprotected strike at the platinum mine.

She maintained that the police did everything they could to stabalise the situation and refuted comments about poor policing.

The commission's Tsepo Mahlangu said Phiyega was expected to stay on for further questions once advocate Dali Mpofu completed his cross examination.

"We received a request from Popcru's lawyers who'd want to have an hour or two of cross examination."

Phiyega told the inquiry last week she was misquoted shortly after last year's shootings which damaged the reputation of the South Africa Police Service (Saps).

The commissioner said she was misrepresented in a Sowetan article published in August last year, but failed to mention this in her earlier testimony.

The article quoted Phiyega as saying that police should not be sorry for the shootings because the safety of the public was non-negotiable and officers must take the reasons behind the shooting into account.

Phiyega said at the time she was not responding to any statements and wanted to give the commission a chance to address these issues.

She was called back last week because her cross examination was interrupted last month when Mpofu, who is representing the miners, was stabbed in a mugging incident while walking on a beach in East London.

Mpofu spent three days recovering in hospital.