Phiyega's defence pushes blame onto Zukiswa Mbombo

Phiyega's legal team has argued that public order policing in Marikana fell under the provincial commissioner.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Riah Phiyega's legal team has argued that public order policing in Marikana fell under the provincial commissioner and Phiyega would have overstepped her position by taking over.

The suspended national police commissioner's lawyers are presenting closing arguments to the Claasen Board of Inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

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Advocate Mahlape Sello, who is representing Phiyega, says as the situation in Marikana intensified the Public Order Policing Unit was called in, which fell directly under Provincial Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo.

"What the law doesn't require of her is to take over the function of the provincial commissioner, unless she is so directed by the president."

Sello's statement is directly in response to the evidence leaders argument that Phiyega should have stepped in and taken control of the volatile situation.

They argue that Phiyega should have questioned the police's operation before they moved to a tactical phase.