Phiyega still ‘puzzled’ over possible suspension

The Presidency confirmed Riah Phiyega has told the office she needs more information around the issue.

FILE: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega appears to require further clarity around her possible suspension.

The Presidency has released a statement this afternoon confirming Phiyega has told the office she needs more information around the issue.

President Jacob Zuma wrote to Phiyega last month informing her of his intention to institute an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

He also said he expected a response from her as to why she shouldn't be suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry.

Zuma will brief the public in due course on the implementation of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report into the violence and deaths in Marikana three years ago.

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.