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Cloud of uncertainty hangs over Phiyega's future

Phiyega must now tell Zuma why she shouldn't be suspended pending the outcome of an inquiry.

FILE: Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's future hangs in the balance with political parties and unions calling for her to step down, while she still needs to submit her presentations to the president about why she shouldn't be suspended pending the outcome of an inquiry.

Last week President Jacob Zuma informed Phiyega about his intention to lodge an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

It follows the Marikana Commission of Inquiry's findings, which recommended that Phiyega and the North West Police Commissioner should be investigated for their involvement in the shooting in 2012 which left 34 miners dead.

Phiyega has already submitted a response to the president about why it's not necessary for an official inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

Now she needs to explain why she shouldn't be suspended after Zuma announced his intention to go ahead with the inquiry.

The Marikana Commission of Inquiry found that Phiyega withheld evidence and recently she sent an sms to the Democratic Alliance's Dianne Kohler-Barnard saying she cannot be undone by her.

Kohler-Barnard received the text after commenting on police matters on TV.

There's been reports that Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela has been tipped to replace Phiyega if she's suspended.

But there is no indication as to when and who will head the inquiry.

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