Marikana: Phiyega pleads 'memory loss'
Riah Phiyega said she cannot remember the details of a meeting held before the Marikana shooting.
PRETORIA - National police commissioner Riah Phiyega says she cannot remember the details of a meeting held before the Marikana shooting in which the police's operation was discussed.
Questions have been raised about who gave police the order to use maximum force when trying to disperse protesting miners on 16 August, 2012.
Phiyega was recalled to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry today to answer questions about the meeting and explain why it was never revealed during proceedings.
President Jacob Zuma appointed the inquiry to investigate whether police were justified in using lethal force.
Ten people were also killed in the days leading to the shooting including a mineworker, strikers, two Lonmin security guards and two policemen.
The police commissioner said it's no secret that top police officials held a meeting on the eve of the August 2012 shooting but said it simply didn't come up.
The commission was only made aware of this during the testimony of an expert police witness.
The police commissioner said they discussed plans to disperse the protesters at the meeting.
"The issue of disarming the protests was discussed but I don't have the details."
Commissioner Ian Farlam said he's shocked they never discussed the implications of such an operation.
"Did anybody ask for some kind of assurance that the risk of bloodshed had been adequately considered?"
Phiyega said the risks of the operation must have been brought up but she cannot remember details of that specific meeting.