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ISS: Zuma likely to institute inquiry against Phiyega

Phiyega has until Friday to respond to Zuma's letter over her fitness to hold office.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) on Tuesday said it's likely that President Jacob Zuma will institute a board of inquiry into National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness to hold office.

The commissioner has until Friday this week to respond to the president's letter informing her about the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's recommendation that she be investigated.

The commission investigated the 2012 Marikana tragedy where 34 miners were shot and killed at the hands of police.

Phiyega's office has indicated that she won't be making her response public at this stage and Zuma may take time to consider various options before making any announcements.

The commissioner will most likely argue that she is fit to hold office.

Gareth Newham of the ISS said the president may feel that she has a compelling argument and may decide there's no reason to institute an inquiry.

Newham said while it's ultimately up to Zuma, if he decides against a board of inquiry he may face legal action.

The president may take some time to consider Phiyega's response.

The Presidency, during the release of the Marikana report, said Zuma indicated that an update on the matter would be made in due course.