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Riah Phiyega

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http://www.iol.co.za:80/news/breaking-through-closed-ranks-in-saps-1.1909077

Riah Phiyega
AP National police commissioner Riah Phiyega takes an oath before giving evidence at the Farlam commission of inquiry. If anything, it may have honed the police top brass's talent for obfuscation, with Cele's successor as national commissioner, Riah Phiyega, leading from the front in this department. When an inquiry into her fitness for office gets under way - as recommended by the Marikana Commission of Inquiry the killings - it will not be focused primarily on her role in the deeply flawed planning process that resulted in the shooting by the police of 34 miners, but on her behaviour after the tragedy, when she is alleged to have encouraged and tacitly (at least) endorsed an attempted cover-up. There was "at least" a prima facie case that Phiyega must have known the SAPS had submitted a false account of the events, the Farlam report says in making its recommendation that she face a board of inquiry. When Zuma duly wrote to Phiyega informing her officially of the Farlam recommendations and asking for her response, they rallied to her defence. One day before the deadline for Phiyega to respond, divisional commissioner for human resources Lieutenant General Lineo Ntshiea issued a statement under the heading, "Hands off General Riah Phiyega", in which she praised her boss for the service's "achievements" under her "sterling leadership". Considering the damning findings against Phiyega contained in the Farlam report, this statement could be matched in its perversity only by Phiyega's own infamous address to her troops the day after Marikana in which she described their actions as "the best of responsible policing", while 34 mineworkers lay dead. Then, the day after Phiyega had made her submission to Zuma, the board of commissioners, representing the top operational commanders in the country, issued another statement in her support, praising her efforts to turn the service around and denying, as had been reported in some media, that the police management intended to distance itself from the SAPS submission to the Farlam inquiry - the same submission in which it gave a false account of events. They argued they had been responding to media reports of a "mutiny" against Phiyega and had had no intention of interfering with the process initiated by Zuma. But, in the first place, they did not explain why the statement was issued two weeks after they had discussed it, and on the morning after Phiyega had written back to Zuma. Only four of the nine provincial commissioners and three divisional commissioners who signed the statement in support of Phiyega have apologised unconditionally - as they were instructed to do by chairman of the police committee Francois Beukman.


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