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Marikana report: Riah Phiyega not fit for office

The Marikana Support Campaign is in possession of the document which details findings made by the inquiry.

FILE: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Evidence leaders from the Farlam Commission of Inquiry have argued that National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is not fit for office.

The Marikana Support Campaign is in possession of a 700-page document detailing recommendations and findings made by the inquiry.

The inquiry, chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam, handed over its final report to President Jacob Zuma last week after sitting for almost 300 days and hearing evidence from 50 witnesses.

The commission was tasked with investigating the reasons behind the violence in which 34 miners were shot dead by police at North West Platinum mine in 2012 during a labour protest.

Ten people were also killed in the days leading up to the shooting including a mineworker, strikers, two Lonmin security guards and two policemen.

The police claimed they acted in self-defence.

It's understood the police have been heavily criticised for their conduct at the North West platinum mine in 2012 with suggestions that Phiyega must be investigated.

But a report compiled by the evidence leaders has now emerged, calling for the police to take most of the responsibility for the tragedy in Marikana almost three years ago.

The Marikana Support Campaign's Rehad Desai said it suggests that Phiyega is unfit for office.

"It's her attitude toward the commission, given the fact that she has helped to conceal key evidence."

The police have claimed that they acted in self-defence when trying to disperse the protesting miners.

Desai said they're giving Zuma until the end of the month to release the final report into the public before taking further action.

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