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More inquiries loom for top cops who supported Phiyega

The Portfolio Committee on Police tabled a report following its unprecedented inquiry.

South African National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Ministers of Parliament (MPs) have recommended that government consider appointing boards of inquiry to probe the conduct of top South African Police Service (Saps) officials who publicly declared their support for embattled National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

The Portfolio Committee on Police has tabled a report today following its unprecedented inquiry into whether the country's provincial commissioners and senior police officials misled Parliament about the circumstances that led to the issuing of controversial statements of support for Phiyega.

Phiyega has been suspended pending the outcome of a probe into her fitness to hold office, as recommended by the Farlam Commission.

The committee has recommended the executive authority also consider appointing a board of inquiry to look at Phiyega's conduct in the lead up to the issuing of the controversial statements, dated 1 and 13 August.

MPs have found the timing of the first statement was "designed to place public pressure on the president to sway his decision on the Farlam Commission's recommendations."

The statement was issued two weeks after the Saps Board of Commissioners met and discussed the Marikana report.

The country's provincial commissioners were made to publicly apologise before the committee for supporting Phiyega.

If the committee's recommendations are accepted, they could be in even greater trouble.

Meanwhile, the committee's deliberations were earlier disrupted by striking parliamentary staff.

Staff wearing red Nehawu t-shirts stormed into the room and asked MPs to leave.

The protesters have since dispersed. But have vowed to interrupt other meetings taking place today.

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