COMMISSION OF INQUIRY RECOMMENDS SACKING OF SOUTH AFRICA’ SUSPENDED POLICE CHIEF

The Commission of Inquiry headed by Judge Neels Classen, set up by President Jacob Zuma two years ago to investigate the fitness to hold office of suspended police chief Riah Phiyega, has stated that she must be removed.

The Classen Commission report, which was declassified by Parliament here Thursday after a vote by the Portfolio Police Committee, said National Police Commissioner General Phiyega was not a satisfactory witness, and was ambivalent and contradictory.

Parliament’s Police committee declassified the report from highly confidential to make it a public document. The Claassen Commission of Inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma following the killing of 34 miners by police at a platinum mine in Marikana in North West Province in 2012.

The inquiry was aimed at determining Phiyega’s fitness to hold office. The report states that she is not fit to hold office. It says that Phiyega’s failure to take responsibility for the conduct of police in the Marikana incident seriously dented her credibility.

The report goes on to say the kind of evidence delivered by Phiyega is not expected of such a senior member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and it therefore recommends that she be removed from office.

Phiyega has indicated that she will take the report on review. Only the President has the power to decide about the appointment and dismissal of the National Police Commissioner.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK