Parly's police committee receives Phiyega report

Top cop Riah Phiyega was suspended pending the outcome of an inquiry into her fitness to hold office and conduct over Marikana massacre.

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

JOHANNESBURG – Parliament’s portfolio committee on police has now received the report into Riah Phiyega’s fitness to hold office but it cannot be made public as it is classified.

The National Police Commissioner was suspended at the end of 2015 pending the outcome of an inquiry into her fitness to hold office and her conduct during the Marikana massacre in 2012.

There have been reports that the Claassen Board of Inquiry has recommended that Phiyega should be fired but the decision lies with President Jacob Zuma.

The portfolio committee on police is consulting Parliament’s legal department on how to deal with the Claassen report into Phiyega's conduct because it has been classified as confidential.

All documents before a committee are open to the public unless they are classified and the committee is due to meet on this issue as early as next week.

It can then provide President Zuma with its recommendation but Zuma will have to decide whether or not Phiyega will be dismissed.

Reports last year claimed that the inquiry found Phiyega was not fit to hold office, that she avoided responsibility for the police’s conduct and that her credibility is in serious doubt.

Phiyega was given an opportunity to submit reasons as to why she shouldn’t be fired. The president’s office has not yet confirmed if it’s received these submissions.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)