‘Phiyega is not a fit, proper person to manage and control Saps’

Evidence leader Ismail Jamie says the Marikana massacre was a serious breach of Human Rights & dignity.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Evidence leaders have argued that while they cannot prove that Riah Phiyega is not fit to hold office, it appears that she's incapable.

They have started presenting their closing argument at the Claassen Board of Inquiry, which is looking into the suspended national police commissioner's conduct in the lead up, and during the deadly Marikana shootings.

It will establish whether Phiyega and her senior police managers misled the Farlam Commission in a bid to conceal their involvement around 2012 massacre.

Evidence leader Ismail Jamie says what happened in Marikana was a serious breach of Human Rights and dignity.

Jamie has argued that this board of inquiry should find that Phiyega is unfit to hold office.

"It is clear that if the management and control of the Marikana events did not demonstrate an acute sensitivity to the national security considerations, the National Commissioner is not a fit and proper person to manage and control the police service."

Jamie has also criticised the suspended police commissioner's decision not to testify, saying she hasn't explained herself sufficiently.

At the same time an affidavit by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has been submitted into evidence.

It deals with the issue of political influence and how it played a role in the decisions made in Marikana.