Phiyega accused of moving to tactical phase night before Marikana shootings

Evidence leader Ismail Jamie says the decision was made the night before 16 August.

Suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega waits for judges to enter the room to hear closing arguments at the inquiry into her fitness to hold office in Centurion on 1 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Evidence leaders today argued that suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and her managers tried to conceal the fact that they had decided to move to a tactical phase in Marikana a day before the deadly shootings.

Phiyega is facing a board of inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

The inquiry will establish whether she misled the Farlam Commission in a bid to conceal her involvement around the 2012 mass shooting in Marikana.

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Evidence leader Ismail Jamie says Phiyega's version of events are not plausible and she's continuously failed to answer questions about when or who made the decision to move to a tactical phase.

Jamie says the decision was made the night before 16 August.

"The national management is the top leadership of the police and they decided the next day it was going to end and appropriately judged what they were attempting to hide was any documented information that there was such a decision."

Jamie has also argued that testimony heard last month has not been refuted and therefore should be considered as fact.

He was referring to a tactical response team member who said orders to move to a tactical phase came from national police management.