Phiyega to explain why she shouldn't be suspended

President Jacob Zuma has instituted an inquiry into Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega’s conduct.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma has instituted an inquiry into Riah Phiyega’s conduct.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega must explain why she should not be suspended pending the outcome of an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

In a statement released last night, the Presidency announced that Zuma has written to Phiyega informing her of his intention to lodge an inquiry into allegations of misconduct.

Zuma has considered the Marikana Report from the Farlam Commission which recommended that an inquiry be held into the police commissioner's fitness to hold office in the wake of the 2012 massacre that left 34 miners dead.

Phiyega submitted her response to the Marikana Report explaining why an official inquiry into her fitness to hold office was not necessary.

But Presidency spokesperson Bongani Majola says President Zuma wants an inquiry into her ability to execute her duties as head of police to go ahead.

"Or any other conduct that may have a bearing on her position as head of the police service."

Majola says Phiyega now has the opportunity to make representations to the president.

"The president has further afforded the general an opportunity to make written representations to him as to why she should not be placed on suspension pending the outcome of such an inquiry."

Unions and political parties have made calls for Phiyega to step down, blaming her and the police for all that went wrong in Marikana in 2012.