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Phiyega to be investigated for 'intentionally withholding evidence'

A board of inquiry will probe whether she deceived the public regarding the shootings in Marikana.

FILE: Suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The presidency says a board of inquiry investigating the fitness of suspended Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to hold office will look into whether she deliberately withheld evidence.

It will probe whether the suspended police commissioner intended to mislead the public into believing all the deaths took place at scene one.

The inquiry was set up following recommendations made by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry that probed the 2012 tragedy.

The board of inquiry will investigate whether a report prepared by Phiyega just days after the Marikana massacre deliberately concealed the fact that there were two shootings on 16 August 2012.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry's final report raised concerns about Phiyega's conduct during the hearings, saying she withheld evidence into what really happened.

The board will also now look into whether her decision to implement a tactical option prior to the shooting was incorrect, as she should rather have foreseen the tragic catastrophic consequences which ensued.

To read the full Marikana report, click here.

To read the highlights from the president's report click here.