Zuma creates board of inquiry into allegations of misconduct by National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega

By Editorial Board - 23 September 2015 at 4:41 pm
People attend a commemoration service for the striking platinum miners that were killed a year ago, in Marikana, South Africa, Friday Aug. 16, 2013.  It was a hot dusty afternoon at the brown rock hills near South Africa’s Lonmin PLC mine in Marikana when South Africa was forced to face another bloody event in its long history of apartheid and state violence. Police opened fire a year ago on striking miners who carried sticks and homemade spears, killing 34. The details of Aug. 16, 2012 are still unsettled a year later in the small, impoverished community of Marikana, in South Africa's mineral-rich northwest.  (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

AP Photo/Denis Farrell

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma has created a board of inquiry into allegations of misconduct by the National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega. Her ability to efficiently execute her duties have also come under question.

Yesterday, the South African Presidency announces that the President established the inquiry in terms of Sections 9(1) of the South Africa Police Service Act, 1995, reported the South African Government News Agency.

The inquiry is being held due to the investigation into the incident at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana from August 11 to 16 in 2012, where 44 people were shot dead by South African security forces.

A commission was originally set up to inquire into the killings. The commission published a report in which they recommended an enquiry into Phiyega’s ability to hold office. The purpose of the investigation is to determine whether Phiyega was acting alone or with others in the South African Police Service.

“President Zuma has furnished National Commissioner General Phiyega with the terms of reference of the board of inquiry following her request for further clarity with regards to the inquiry, and has in addition accorded General Phiyega a further opportunity to make representations by 28 September, as to why she should not be suspended pending the final determination of her fitness to hold office,” said the Presidency.

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