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Phiyega challenges Claassen Inquiry’s findings – report

It’s reported the inquiry found Riah Phiyega was not fit to hold office, should be dismissed and lied to the Marikana Commission.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended police commissioner Riah Phiyega is allegedly challenging the Claasen Inquiry’s findings that she's unfit to hold office.

News 24 is reporting that Phiyega has launched a review application to set aside the inquiry's final report.

It’s also reported that the inquiry found Phiyega was not fit to hold office and she should be dismissed and that she lied to the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

Phiyega was suspended on full pay in 2015 following her actions during the Marikana massacre in 2012 in which 34 mineworkers were killed.

On Thursday, Parliament’s portfolio committee on police received the report into Phiyega’s fitness to hold office but it cannot be made public as it is classified.

The committee 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 Jacob Zuma with its recommendation but Zuma will have to decide whether or not Phiyega will be dismissed.

SCAPEGOAT

Last month, the Congress of the People (Cope) said government wanted to make Phiyega the scapegoat and use her to cover-up for senior leaders in government, when it comes to the Marikana massacre.

The organisation called for the police portfolio committee in Parliament to establish an inquiry into Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the then police minister Nathi Mthethwa’s involvement in Marikana.

The party’s Dennis Bloem said minister Mthethwa must tell the country who gave the national commissioner the instruction to use live ammunition and to order hearses to the koppie.

Bloem said the involvement of Ramaphosa, who was then the non-executive member of the Lonmin board, could not be disputed and it was unfair to make Phiyega solely responsible for everything that happened at Marikana.

“These people were also involved in that massacre. We are saying it can’t only be Riah Phiyega who is held responsible. She was taking instructions from a political head, Nathi Mthethwa.”