Amnesty International welcomes Phiyega’s suspension

The group says this is a positive step and will give some hope to the families of the Marikana massacre.

FILE: Suspended National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Amnesty International says the suspension of National Police Chief Riah Phiyega is long overdue.

The human rights group adds that this is a positive step and will give some hope to the families of those killed in the Marikana massacre, that they may finally see justice being done.

Phiyega's suspension was announced on Wednesday, but her ultimate fate will be decided at an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee Francois Beukman says Phiyega was in a briefing with Members of Parliament when the news of her suspension broke.

He added that there is a procedure to be followed regarding Phiyega's inquiry.

"The suspended national commissioner will be able to present her case and then the commission will come with the report which will be submitted to the president as well as to the portfolio committee."