‘Board of inquiry looking into Phiyega’s conduct now operational’

The inquiry will look into Riah Phiyega’s fitness to hold office following the Marikina shootings.

FILE: Suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency has confirmed that a board of inquiry looking into the conduct of suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is now operational.

The inquiry set up by President Jacob Zuma earlier this year will look into Phiyega's fitness to hold office following the Marikina shootings.

The board will investigate whether Phiyega misled the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on the events that took place leading up to the Marikana shootings in which 34 miners were killed in August 2012.

She is accused of misleading the commission by concealing that a decision was made to implement a "tactical option" and therefore ought to have reasonably foreseen the tragic and catastrophic consequences which ensued.

Two police commissioners, Nobubele Mbekela and Solomon Makgale, were also suspended just last week coming under fire for public statements supporting Phiyega.

Both intend bringing an urgent court application to challenge their suspensions.