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Zuma receives report on Phiyega’s fitness to hold office

President Zuma set up the inquiry in September 2015 after the Farlam Commission’s report found Riah Phiyega guilty of misconduct.

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

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has received the final report from the board of inquiry established to investigate the fitness to hold office and allegations of misconduct against the National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

The report was submitted to the President on Thursday morning by the Chairperson of the Board of Inquiry and retired Judge Neels Johannes Claassen and two members of the board.

President Zuma set up the inquiry in September 2015 after the Farlam Commission’s report found Phiyega guilty of misconduct.

The suspended National Police Commissioner faced questions about her role during the 2012 Marikana massacre.

At least 34 miners were shot dead by police during a standoff in Marikana in the North West when miners protested at Lonmin mine for a salary increment in August 2012.

It’s understood that the report recommends Phiyega be relieved of office and senior police officials be held accountable for their actions at the time of the massacre.

The president will study the report and its recommendations before making a decision.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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