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.

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

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.