Phiyega's camp silent as deadline looms

Reports claim she's preparing to step down and she's already putting feelers out for her next position.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has another two weeks before she's expected to respond to President Jacob Zuma's letter about an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry recommended that Phiyega and North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo be investigated.

The report criticised the police's conduct and operational plan in August 2012 when 34 Marikana miners were shot dead at the mining town in the North West.

Phiyega's office made it clear that no public pronouncements would be made regarding the Marikana report at this stage.

When releasing the report last month, Zuma announced that he had written to Phiyega about the commission's findings.

He said, "The commission has also recommended that there must be an inquiry. I have written to the national commissioner, to inform her of the recommendations pertaining to her."

There've been reports that the police commissioner is preparing to step down and that she is already putting feelers out for her next position.

She is expected to reply to the president about the commission's recommendation at the end of the month.