Zuma to study report on Phiyega’s fitness to hold office

It is understood that the report recommends that Riah Phiyega be relieved of office for her role in the Marikana massacre.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency says that President Jacob Zuma will now study the final report he has received from the inquiry into National Police Commmissioner Riah Phiyega’s fitness to hold office and will then take the necessary action.

The report was submitted to the President on Thursday morning by the inquiry’s chairperson and two members of its board.

It is understood that it recommends that Phiyega be relieved of office and that senior police officials be held accountable for their actions at the time of the Marikana massacre.

Thirty-four miners were killed when police opened fire during an illegal strike at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in 2012.

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

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

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)