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EFF dismisses Phiyega's response on Marikana

The EFF says Riah Phiyega's submission to Jacob Zuma on the Marikana report is irrelevant.

A cross erected on the Koppie after the massacre as a symbol of the lives lost two years ago in Marikana. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's submission to President Jacob Zuma on the Marikana report is irrelevant because the party will continue its efforts to have her arrested.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry investigated the deaths of 34 miners who were gunned down by police on 16 August 2012 at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

Zuma appointed the inquiry to investigate whether police were justified in using lethal force when the protesting miners were gunned down.

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

The commission recommended that Phiyega's role in the Marikana shootings in 2012 be investigated.

Last month, the party's leader Julius Malema opened a criminal case against several high ranking politicians as well as the Phiyega at the Marikana Police Station.

Among them is Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who the EFF wants arrested for his role in the massacre of 34 mineworkers at Lonmin platinum in 2012.

EFF secretary general Godrich Gardee says Phiyega's reasons why she should remain in her position don't matter.

"The police said since she's a member of the police the matter will be dealt with by Ipid so we are waiting for them to tell us when Ipid has taken over the matter. It's neither here nor there what Phiyega is doing with Zuma, what matters to us is how far the criminal case at the Marikana Police Station is."

Ramaphosa was exonerated by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

The commission also recommended that an inquiry be held into the role Phiyega and North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo played around the shooting .

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

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