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Will Riah Phiyega be able to keep her job?

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry’s Marikana report suggests that Riah Phiyega is unfit to hold office.

FILE: National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Questions continue to be raised about whether National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega will come out unscathed if and when the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's Marikana report is released.

The commission, which sat for almost 300 days and heard testimony from 50 witnesses, was handed to President Jacob Zuma last week but hasn't yet been made public.

The report from the evidence leaders however, shows that much of the blame should be placed on the shoulders of the police and recommends that Phiyega should be investigated to determine if she is fit to hold office.

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.

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni however says South Africa has a poor track record of commissions resulting in action.

"It is unlikely that the Marikana commission alone would be the reason for the removal of Phiyega. If the recommendation to investigate the commissioner is agreed on, then you would know her days are numbered."

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