Phiyega’s legal team to begin closing arguments today

The suspended national police commissioner is currently under investigation over her fitness to hold office.

Suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega listens to representation by Advocate Dali Mpofu during closing arguments at the inquiry into her fitness to hold office in Centurion on 1 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CENTURION - Riah Phiyega's legal team will today start presenting its closing argument as to why she is fit to hold office as National Police Commissioner.

Evidence leaders have argued that Phiyega and her senior managers tried to cover up the fact that they had decided to move to a tactical phase in Marikana, a day before the shooting.

The inquiry will establish whether Phiyega misled the Farlam Commission of Inquiry about her involvement around the 2012 mass shooting in the North West.

Phiyega's legal team has indicated it will be submitting further heads of argument today.

But evidence leader Ismail Jamie will first wrap up his closing argument.

He says Phiyega's testimony at the Farlam Commission about when the decision was made to move to a tactical phase is not plausible.

"The commissioner must have known that version was being given in public as the official police version. She either knew that and went along with it, knowing of the meeting of the 5th of August, in which event she is clearly duplicitous and should not be police commissioner."

He has criticised Phiyega's decision not to testify, saying she had the opportunity to clear her name.