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Zuma to study Phiyega's response

The office of the president has confirmed Riah Phiyega submitted her response late last night.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The presidency says President Jacob Zuma will now study National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's response to the recommendations from the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

The office of the president has confirmed Phiyega submitted her response late last night, explaining why an official inquiry into her fitness to hold office should not go ahead.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry recommended that Phiyega's role in the Marikana shootings in 2012 be investigated.

Presidency spokesperson Bongani Majola says Zuma will now study her response to determine whether a formal investigation is warranted.

"President Zuma will now study the response and determine whether any intervention is warranted and the nature of that intervention."

Phiyega was due to hand over a letter on Friday, explaining why an official inquiry into her fitness to hold office should not go ahead.

Phiyega was expected to hand over a letter to President Zuma, 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 it'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.

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