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Marikana Inquiry: Evidence leaders want Phiyega investigated

An evidence leader says senior officers who testified were untruthful & important evidence wasn't disclosed.

Crosses placed for the 34 miners killed at Lonmin's Marikana mine on 16 August 2012. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBUIRG - Evidence leaders at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry have suggested that National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega be investigated in terms of her fitness to hold office.

The commission is hearing closing argument s this week from all legal representatives about the violence and deaths at Lonmin's Marikana mine in August 2012.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the inquiry to investigate whether police were justified in using lethal force when 34 protesting miners were gunned down at Lonmin's Marikana mine on 16 August 2012.

The focus of the inquiry has been on whether the police were justified in using live ammunition to disperse the protesters which resulted in 34 deaths.

Evidence leader Matthew Chaskalson has strongly criticised the police's conduct and not just in Marikana but at the inquiry's hearings.

Chaskalson says many senior police officers who gave testimony were untruthful, important evidence was not disclosed and showed a lack of accountability.

He believes Phiyega must be investigated.

Apart from technical issues, Chaskalson also emphasised that the police have not acknowledged any mistakes.

He urged the commissioners to recall the horror they felt when they first heard about the shootings when they submit their findings.