phiyegaANA reports that it was asserted on Thursday that Riah Phiyega was restricted from intervening in the labour unrest in North West prior to the Marikana massacre, and so there’s no way she could be liable for the orders that led to the massacre.  

This was the submission of the suspended police commissioner as she sought to absolve herself from blame for the 16 August 2012 shooting at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana.  Instead, she appeared to divert the blame onto retired North West police commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo, saying she was restricted due to strict provisions of the SA Police Service Act, which prohibited her from circumventing provincial police chiefs.  Phiyega made these assertions in testimony before the Claassen board of inquiry, which is probing Phiyega’s fitness for office.

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