'It's not up to Zuma when Phiyega inquiry will start'

Zuma has set up an inquiry to probe Phiyega’s fitness to hold office & her role in the Marikana massacre.

FILE. Riah Phiyega has been given until Monday to explain why she should not be suspended for the duration of the inquiry.Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - It's unclear when a board of inquiry into the national police commissioner's fitness to hold office will begin its work.

The Presidency announced earlier today that the panel would investigate allegations of misconduct against Riah Phiyega.

They will be investigating whether she withheld evidence and the implementation of a tactical option.

The Marikana Commission of Inquiry recommended Phiyega be investigated after hearing evidence from police, miners and other parties over 300 days after the shooting in August 2012.

The police commissioner has been given additional time, until Monday, to explain why she should not be suspended for the duration of the inquiry.

In the meantime, President Jacob Zuma has selected a panel of three to head the inquiry; Judge Cornelis Classen, who has many years of experience, and two advocates.

The presidency's Bongani Majola says it's not up to Zuma as to when the inquiry will go ahead.

"For that chairperson, one of the tasks they will have to do is that they will have to probably have someone speaking for the inquiry as soon as possible."

The president has done what he needs to do."

Issues about whether Phiyega concealed evidence and the decision to implement a tactical option in Marikana will be investigated as well as her capacity to execute official duties.