SUSPENDED national police commissioner Riah Phiyega lied to the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. This was what evidence leader, Advocate Ismail Jamie claimed at the Claasen Board of Inquiry into her fitness to hold office in Centurion, Tshwane, yesterday.

According to his submission, Phiyega and SAPS managers attempted to hide from the Marikana hearing when the decision was made to implement the tactical phase of the operation that led to the massacre.


The tactical phase involved dispersing, disarming and arresting the miners who had gathered on a small koppie.

Jamie argued it was clear the decision to implement the tactical phase was made at a national management forum held the day before the massacre.

Phiyega told the Marikana hearing the decision was made a few hours before the massacre.

Jamie said the fact that four mortuary vehicles were sent to the area the day before the massacre indicated she was lying.

He also argued she gave up the independence of her position by giving in to political pressure.

“She should not have taken an unlawful instruction, even if that instruction came from the president,” he argued.

Jamie said Phiyega had also shot herself in the foot by choosing not to take the stand during the Claasen inquiry.

“She missed a golden opportunity to clear her name.”

  • Meanwhile, the injured and arrested miners as well as the families of those killed have been accepted as third parties in the inquiry.

Advocate Dali Mpofu – representing the injured and arrested – argued in his application that Phiyega bowed to
political pressure.

He claimed deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa – who was a non-executive director at Lonmin at the time – had put pressure on Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to take action against the miners.

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