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Several top cops may face criminal charges - report

The Sunday Independent reports several generals who served under Riah Phiyega may soon be suspended.

FILE: The Sunday Independent reports several generals who served under Riah Phiyega may soon be suspended.

JOHANNESBURG - A parliamentary report has apparently recommended that criminal charges be lodged against several senior police generals who served under suspended Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

The _Sunday Independent _is reporting that Parliament will also call for the generals to be suspended for allegedly lying and misleading the house.

The probe comes after provincial police commissioners issued a statement of support to Phiyega in August as she was being investigated for her role in the 2012 Marikana massacre.

The paper says the Hawks have been roped in to investigate several generals who served under Phiyega.

This may see up to four provincial commissioners arrested and charged.

The Sunday Independent says several top cops, who distanced themselves from the controversial report that sparked the parliamentary inquiry, were served with final warnings.

Earlier this year, the commissioners were hauled before parliament's police portfolio committee where they were accused of undermining President Jacob Zuma and forced to apologise to the house.

Phiyega has since been suspended pending an investigation into her fitness to hold office.

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