Nhleko to discuss how Marikana recommendations will be implemented

The minister will present his department's plans to implement the Marikana Commission's recommendations today.

FILE: Nkosinathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko will tell MPs how his department is responding to the recommendations of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry today.

The commission, led by retired Judge Ian Farlam, found a defective police strategy and failures of command and control were to blame for the 2012 tragedy in which 34 mine workers were killed.

It also recommended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness to hold office be investigated.

Parliament's police portfolio committee has asked Nhleko to table his department's plans to implement the Marikana Commission's recommendations.

This includes the need to review public order policing and analyse international best practice.

The commission has also recommended a probe to ascertain the police's criminal liability for the deaths of the 34 miners.

In response to the damning report, President Jacob Zuma informed Phiyega last month there would be an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

As head of the police service, her handling of the events leading up to the tragedy have been sharply criticised.