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‘Phiyega missed opportunity to tell her side of the story’

The suspended national police commissioner is facing an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

Suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega listens to 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 Riah Phiyega failed to use the opportunity at the board of inquiry to explain her conduct in Marikana and who gave orders to move to a tactical phase.

The suspended national police commissioner is facing an inquiry into her fitness to hold office, but has elected not to testify.

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

Last month, a tactical response team member testified that Lieutenant Duncan Scott told all members that he had received an order from the top to move to a tactical phase in Marikana.

Evidence leader Ismail Jamie says this cannot be refuted.

"It calls off alarms on the national commissioner. She should have come to testify to say 'I have no idea why they saying this' or they could have called Scott if they wanted to."

Jamie says the fact that Phiyega hasn't testified, shows that she is hiding the fact that the decision to move to a tactical phase was made a day before the shooting.

An affidavit from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has also been submitted into evidence, which looks at the issue of political influence.