Marikana commission may summon Phiyega

The commission may summon the police commissioner again if certain evidence isn’t handed in.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

JOHANNESBURG - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry may call National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega back to the stand if certain evidence from the police isn't handed in.

The commission is waiting for minutes from a meeting that took place on the eve of the shootings at the North West platinum mine in 2012, when 34 mineworkers were shot and killed by police.

To date, the police have not handed in the transcripts of the meeting, which was held to plan the police's operation to disperse the protesters.

The commission's Advocate Phuti Setati says, "The chairperson of the commission has not indicated the return date or the time at which those documents should be received. If we do not receive those documents, we will have to ask the national police commissioner why we're not receiving them."

Five months ago, when Phiyega took the stand at the Marikana commission of inquiry, she came under fire for rushing to make a statement about the shooting without considering that there could have been a different version of events.

Despite a statement by a police officer who saw another officer shooting an already wounded miner, the police commissioner said she stands by the police's actions.

She, however, sympathised with the families of the victims and maintained that the killings were deeply regrettable.