MPs question honesty of provincial police commissioners

This is part of the police portfolio committee’s inquiry into a statement of support for Riah Phiyega.

FILE: Riah Phiyega. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Parliamentarians are combing through transcripts and documents to determine whether they were lied to by the police's provincial commissioners.

It's part of the police portfolio committee's unprecedented inquiry into the circumstances that led to the Board of Commissioners issuing a statement of support for Riah Phiyega on 1 August.

Phiyega has been suspended as she faces an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

In mid-July the board of commissioners met in Magoebaskloof, where the Marikana report was discussed.

According to a transcript Phiyega, who chaired the meeting, told the officers their silence was deafening in the face of criticism against the police.

Two weeks later, the commissioners issued a controversial statement pledging support for the national commissioner.

Committee chairperson Francois Beukman says members of Parliament (MP) want to know what led to the issuing of that statement and others.

"In the normal course of things, we will make a determination and make recommendations to the house, to the National Assembly."

MPs want to establish whether police commissioners were truthful when they apologised to the committee for supporting Phiyega.