UPDATE: ‘Phiyega should have taken control of the Marikana situation’
Suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is facing an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.
JOHANNESBURG - Evidence leaders have come out strongly against Riah Phiyega's conduct in Marikana in 2012, saying she should have taken control of the situation and asked questions about the police operation.
Evidence leader Ismail Jamie says Phiyega was made aware of the police's plan to disarm protesters, a day before the deadly 2012 Marikana shooting, but failed to ask pertinent questions.
Jamie has asked why the police moved into a tactical phase at 3:30pm when there were thousands of people and it could never happen safely.
He says the responsibility lies with Phiyega.
"The possibilities of violence and death were so obvious that it's precisely this sort of matter where she should have exercised the control of the police force that the Constitution gives her. The fact that she thinks she had no power to do so is itself demonstrative of her incapacity of fitness for office."
Jamie has again criticised Phiyega's decision not to testify at this commission, saying she's proven to be an incompetent national police commissioner.