Phiyega's legal team to cross-examine former SAPS communications officer
An inquiry is being held into the fitness for office of the suspended National Police Commissioner.
JOHANNESBURG - The legal team of suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega will be cross-examining a former communications officer from the police today in an attempt to exonerate her.
Lindela Mashigo testified yesterday that Phiyega had dictated changes to a media statement released a day after the mass shooting in Marikana.
Phiyega is facing a board of inquiry into her fitness to hold office.
Mashigo says he handed over a document to Phiyega that was due to be released to the media a day after 34 miners were shot and killed.
He says the suspended police chief made changes to the wording.
"Not differentiating between the two scenes; scene one and two. The second change related to the systematic withdrawal of the police."
Tactical response team member Monwabisi Ntlati testified that orders to move to a tactical phase came from national police management.
Phiyega's lawyer William Mokhari decided not to cross-examine him.
"You will be glad to know that I do not have questions for you."
The evidence produced so far could weaken Phiyega's case and it's also unclear who else is expected to testify.