DA: Zuma must suspend Phiyega pending outcome of inquiry

DA: Zuma must suspend Phiyega pending outcome of inquiry

President Jacob Zuma must suspend national police commissioner Riah Phiyega pending the outcome of an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.


DA shadow minister of police, Dianne Kohler Barnard, says suspending Phiyega pending the inquiry would be the right thing to do. 

"I'm wary of police personnel who are left in their position when under investigation. It gives them the opportunity to use an enormous budget to prop up their case and also, if necessary, involve themselves in terms of evidence."


Kohler Barnard says she hopes the inquiry will also include Phiyega's "many other failings" as police commissioner.



The presidency on Friday night announced it had informed Phiyega of President Jacob Zuma's intention to institute an inquiry.


Phiyega has also been given an opportunity to make written representation to Zuma on why she should not be suspended, it said. 


Presidency spokesperson Bongani Majola confirms Zuma took the decision following recommendations made by the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, which was instituted following the death of 44 people, including 34 mineworkers at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana in August 2012.



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