Phiyega’s fitness for office inquiry reaches last day

Lawyers will wrap-up their closing arguments today, and then Judge Neels Claassen will make his decision.

FILE: Suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Today is the last day that Riah Phiyega's legal team has to convince the Claassen Board of Inquiry that she is fit to hold office.

Lawyers will wrap-up their closing arguments and then Judge Neels Claassen will have to determine whether she misled the Farlam Commission of Inquiry about her involvement in the mass shooting in 2012 that claimed the lives of 34 miners.

Advocate Mahlape Sello will continue with her closing arguments today, emphasising that this inquiry is simply a disciplinary process.

Evidence Leader Ismail Jamie, however, has argued that Phiyega should have taken control of the situation in Marikana in order to prevent bloodshed.

"The operation was a total disaster, how could it ever be responsible policing? It was a disaster for which the captain of the ship, the head of the police, must take responsibility."

Jamie says Phiyega failed to ask pertinent questions about the police's operation - is guilty of misconduct, and is not fit to hold office.