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Police union: Phiyega must go on leave

Sapu says the negative publicity around Riah Phiyega is affecting the morale of officers.

FILE: Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Policing Union (Sapu) has called on national police commissioner Riah Phiyega to step down while welcoming the establishment of a board of inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

This week President Jacob Zuma announced the move following a recommendation by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

The commission has called for Phiyega's involvement in the 2012 Marikana massacre to be probed.

Sapu's Oscar Skommere says the negative publicity around the national commissioner is affecting the morale of officers.

"Phiyega must resign or go on leave whilst this commission is doing its work. There is no way she can be present while the commission is busy evaluating her."