'Phiyega dictated changes to Marikana media statement'

Lindela Mashigo says he was involved in preparing the media statement on the mass shooting.

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

JOHANNESBURG - A former police communications officer has testified that Riah Phiyega dictated changes to the media statement released on Marikana a day after the shooting.

Lindela Mashigo, who was working for the South African Police Service (Saps) in 2012, says he was involved in preparing the media statement on the mass shooting.

He is the second witness to testify at the Claasen Board of Inquiry into the suspended national police commissioner's fitness to hold office.

Mashigo says he had handed over a media statement to Phiyega and other senior officials for approval the morning after the mass shooting in Marikina.

Phiyega says he had received the information on a disc, which he had copied.

He says when he handed it over, changes were made by Phiyega.

"The first one being not differentiating between the two scenes. The second changes; the systematically withdrawal of the police - that too was dictated to me by the national commissioner."

Mashigo will be cross examined by Phiyega's legal team later today.