'Phiyega inquiry long overdue'

Sapu claims Phiyega has shown a disregard for the police service and is calling for her to step down.

South African National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Policing Union (Sapu) says the inquiry into Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness to hold office is long overdue.

Yesterday President Jacob Zuma announced the establishment of the board of inquiry that will assess Phiyega's ability to execute official duties.

The probe follows a recommendation by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which called for her role in the 2012 Marikana massacre to be investigated.

The national commissioner has been given until Monday to motivate why she should not be suspended for the duration of the inquiry.

Sapu claims Phiyega has shown a disregard for the police service and has called on her to step down.

The union's Oscar Skommere said, "We've been saying this for a long time. Phiyega was not the correct person for the job. She's not relevant in terms of leading the police because she doesn't possess the knowledge of how the police services operate."