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Police chief to tell Zuma why she mustn't be fired

Phiyega is expected to explain her fitness to hold office & why she shouldn't be subjected to an inquiry.

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

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is expected to hand over a letter to President Jacob Zuma today, explaining why she is fit to hold her position and why she should not be subjected to an official inquiry.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry recommended that an inquiry be held into the role Phiyega and North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo played around the 2012 shooting in Marikana that saw officers kill 34 miners.

It's up to the president to decide whether Phiyega will face an inquiry and whether she will be suspended during this time.

The commissioner has indicated that she will meet today's deadline, but also stressed in her statement on Sunday that she doesn't agree with all aspects in the Marikana report.

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) earlier this week said i t's likely that an inquiry will go ahead, but said Zuma could take some time to consider Phiyega's response.

There've been reports that the police's top brass want Phiyega out.

Her officer however indicated she isn't concerned about these rumours.

This week a tweet sent from the official South African Police Service account defended her actions against a comment made by former Congress of South African Trade Unions General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, who said the August 2012 shooting was premeditated, asking why the police had arranged 4,000 live rounds of ammunition and mortuary vans beforehand.

Piyega must sit down! Why SAPS needed over 4000 rounds of live ammunition and 4 mortuary vans for crowd control? It's premeditated murder

Phiyega's maintained that she did not personally order this.