The end of the road for Riah Phiyega

The suspended national police commissioner was appointed to the position in 2012 just two months before the Marikana massacre.

FILE: Former National Police Commissioner Mangwashi "Riah" Phiyega. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Monday marks the end of Riah Phiyega’s term in office.

The suspended National Police Commissioner was appointed to the position in 2012, just two months before the Marikana massacre in which 34 people were killed at Lonmin’s mine in the North West.

The Claasen Board of Inquiry found Phiyega should have foreseen what it called the tragic and catastrophic consequences of the police’s decision to disarm disperse and arrest protesters.

The Police Ministry’s Vuyo Mhaga says: “I think that ball will be rolling as from today to look for a suitable candidate and consult widely. So we’re expecting the position to be filled by end of this year hopefully.”

Lesetja Mothiba was earlier this month appointed as the new interim National Police Commissioner after President Jacob Zuma relieved acting commissioner Khomotso Phahlane from the job amid mounting questions over his integrity.

Mothiba, a regional divisional head for the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape, comes with years of experience at both provincial and regional level.