Parly committee votes to declassify Phiyega report

The initial report was tabled in Parliament last month but was classified as confidential.

FILE: South African National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's police portfolio committee has voted to declassify the Claassen Board of Inquiry's report into allegations of misconduct against suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

President Jacob Zuma set up the board of inquiry two years ago after the deaths of 34 miners in the police shooting at Marikana in 2012.

The initial report was tabled in Parliament last month but was classified as confidential.

It found Phiyega to be unfit for office and recommended her removal from office.

Committee chairperson Francois Beukman explains: "We again took advice from legal services as well as table staff. Their view is that it is fine, we can make it available but there must be a decision by the committee to make it available to members and of course then it's a public document."

President Jacob Zuma has yet to act on the inquiry's recommendation.

Phiyega indicated last week she would be taking the inquiry's report on review.