Police portfolio committee refers Phiyega's review application to the Presidency

Police portfolio committee refers Phiyega's review application to the Presidency

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police says it has noted the review application by suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega about the findings of the Claassen Commission of Inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

Riah Phiyega at Claasen Board of Inquiry_jacanews
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The report was handed over to President Jacob Zuma in December 2016, but he is yet to make it public. 

President Zuma instructed the commission to look into allegations against Phiyega following the shooting and killing of 34 mineworkers at Marikana in 2012.

Committee chairperson Francois Beukman says any enquiries related to the commission and the report should be directed to the Presidency.

"Due to the fact that the commission was appointed by the President, the committee would like to advise that enquiries about the review application and relevant legal steps should be directed to the Presidency," says Beukman. 

Beukman says the committee acknowledges that the report of the Claassen Commission was referred to it by the Speaker as provided for in the South African Police Service Act and a meeting has been scheduled to discuss the referral of the report this coming Thursday, 2 February.

"The Committee will also discuss the applicable procedure of dealing with the report as the report is currently classified as confidential," says Beukman.

Beukman says the committee has also noted developments surrounding the report and will take legal advice on whether it will still be appropriate to continue discussing the report. 

"It may be prudent at this stage to wait for the outcome of the review application before we proceed," says Beukman.

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