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Under fire: Phiyega lines up for questioning

The suspended police commissioner faces a board of inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

FILE. Suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega held a briefing in Sandton while investigations into her involvement in the fatal Marikana shootings which led to the death of over 30 miners. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega will be facing a board of inquiry into her fitness to hold office, starting on Tuesday.

It follows a recommendation by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry after Phiyega was implicated in the mass shooting in Marikana almost four years ago.

Phiyega was suspended by President Jacob Zuma last year following allegations of misconduct.

The Claasen board of inquiry begins its hearings today and is expected to conclude in five week's time.

In August 2012, Phiyega defended the actions of the police who shot and killed 34 miners in Marikana.

Now a board of inquiry will look into when and how the decision was made for the police, headed by Phiyega at the time, to move to a 'tactical phase'.

Judge Cornelis Claasen will chair the board of inquiry, assisted by two advocates.

They will establish whether Phiyega and her senior police managers misled the Farlam Commission into the tragedy, in a bid to conceal their involvement.

WATCH: Marikana investigations - Phiyega stands her ground.

PHIYEGA READY TO FIGHT

Phiyega says she wants to clear her name and will fight to have the Farlam Commission's findings against her set aside.

But she says this doesn't mean she is trying to avoid a board of inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

No new evidence is expected to emerge during the latest hearings.

"For me, 99 percent of what I'll be responding to is based on the report and the evidence that I've given because is the genesis of this inquiry."

Earlier this year, Phiyega said she'd been harassed and discredited by the court of public opinion since her suspension.

Charges were registered against her by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) and a parliamentary portfolio committee found her guilty of misconduct before any investigation was concluded.

WATCH:_ Remembering Marikana..._

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