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Phiyega inquiry to be 'lengthy process'

Phiyega will face a panel of three which includes Judge Cornelis Claasen and two advocates.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the board of inquiry into allegations against Riah Phiyega is expected to be a lengthy process, which may or may not recommend she be fired from her position.

The National Police Commissioner will face a panel of three which includes Judge Cornelis Claasen and two advocates.

It relates to her fitness to hold office for concealing evidence and the decision to implement a "tactical option" in Marikana three years ago, when 34 miners were killed by police.

It follows a recommendation by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry that she be investigated after hearing evidence from the police, the Marikana miners and other parties over 300 days.

Phiyega has also been given until Monday, to convince the president she shouldn't be suspended for the duration of the inquiry.

Johan Burger of the ISS says the inquiry will take some time to hear all the evidence.

"It's a process very similar to what happens in the courts. She is allowed legal representation. It's a very rigorous and judicial process and the board of inquiry needs to provide the president with reports. One of the recommendations that they can make to the president is that she be dismissed."

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has warned that Phiyega should not be the only one to take the fall for the Marikana massacre.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said politicians should not be absolved for their role in the murders.

"If this democracy is built on equality, then Cyril Ramaphosa, Nathi Mthethwa and Susan Shabangu must also be brought to book and before the law."