Unions, opposition welcomes Phiyega's suspension

Unions, opposition welcomes Phiyega's suspension

Opposition parties, civil groups and unions have largely welcomed National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega's suspension. 

Riah Phiyega
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Phiyega was suspended on full pay yesterday, pending the outcome of an inquiry into her fitness to hold office. 

The inquiry was recommended by the Farlam Commission which looked into the deaths of the miners killed in Marikana in 2012. 

Police were found to have been to blame for the deaths of the 34 striking miners on August 16. 

Trade Union Solidarity's Johan Kruger says this was the right move by the President.

We hope that the next police commissioner will be able to take the fight forward and also have the knowledge of what officers and police officials lower down in the ranks have to go through on a daily basis," he said.  

Meanwhile, Richard Mamabolo - who with police union Popcru - says he respects the President's decision, but does not agree with it.

"We still maintain our position that we have not necessarily found any valid reason for her to be suspended as it relates to the Marikana matter," he said. 

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