Closing arguments expected in Phiyega's fitness for office inquiry

Last month, two witnesses testified about Phiyega’s role during the violent protests in Marikina in 2012.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Closing arguments will begin today at the board of inquiry into suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness to hold office.

Last month, two witnesses testified about Phiyega's role during the violent protests in Marikina in 2012.

The inquiry will establish whether Phiyega and her senior police managers misled the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in a bid to conceal their involvement in the massacre.

Former police communications officer Lindela Mashigo testified last month that Phiyega dictated changes to a media statement that was released a day after the mass shooting in Marikina.

Tactical Response Team member Monwabisi Ntlati testified that orders to move to a tactical phase came from national police management.

No more witnesses were called and additional statements were simply submitted to the board.

Today, the evidence leaders and Phiyega's legal team will present their final arguments about whether Phiyega is fit to hold office or not, based on her actions during the protests in Marikina.

Closing arguments have been set down for three days.