Calls for Phiyega to step down

Sapu says National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega should resign from her post.

National police commissisoner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As President Jacob Zuma studies National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's response to the recommendations from the Marikana Commission of Inquiry calls are being made for her to step down.

Yesterday the Presidency confirmed Phiyega submitted her response before 11pm on Friday night explaining why an official inquiry into her fitness to hold office should not go ahead.

Phiyega was given until Friday to respond President Zuma after the Farlam Commission of Inquiry recommended that Phiyega's role in the Marikana shootings in 2012 be investigated.

The South African Police Union (Sapu) says Phiyega should make the honourable decision and accept that she has failed to follow mandate as police commissioner.

While President Zuma has yet to decide if recourse should be taken against her, the union's Mpho Kwinika says the decision is obvious.

"I thought she would do an honourable thing and not even protest the issue of her to leave. If she's a good South African, she can hear that the people that she's serving are also against her leadership."

Shadow police commissioner Dianne Kohler-Barnard says Phiyega's record after Marikana also shows "bizarre and non-compliant behaviour."

"I think her copy book is now so bloated that he [Zuma] has no option but to rid us of this troublesome woman."

The Economic Freedom Fighters have also called for her removal saying they will continue to make sure she's arrested for the deaths of 34 miners in 2012.