Opposition parties welcome Phiyega inquiry

Opposition parties welcome Phiyega inquiry

Opposition parties have welcomed President Jacob Zuma's announcement that a board of inquiry will look into whether National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is fit to hold office.

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The probe follows recommendations by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the 2012 Marikana shootings.  

The DA says the inquiry is long-overdue. 

However, the party's Dianne Kohler-Barnard feels Zuma should not have afforded Phiyega the opportunity to further make representations on why she should not be suspended.

''We're content he shouldn't have waited for any sort of representation to be made but she should have been suspended immediately - so she does not use her powerful position to tamper with the inquiry. 

''As the National Prosecuting Authority bound it should have already been done in the Arno Lamoer. The fact that she isn't suspended already is inexplicable,'' she said.

COPE's Dennis Bloem maintains Phiyega is not fit.

''We don't understand why the president is taking so long in making up his mind on the Riah Phiyega matter. The issue here is that the Farlam Commission has already said that she is not fit to hold office,'' he said.

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