National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega presents crime data at Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
Riah Phiyega. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

THE inquiry into South African police commissioner Riah Phiyega’s fitness to hold office will start in May and run for about two months.

The hearing, chaired by Judge Cornelis Johannes Claasen, would start on May 3 and run until June 10 and would be held at the Law Reform Commission offices in Centurion, the Claasen board of inquiry announced on Thursday. The board said it had completed its preparations for the hearing.

President Jacob Zuma suspended General Phiyega on October 14 over allegations of misconduct.

The Farlam commission — headed by retired Judge Ian Farlam, investigating the deaths of 44 people killed during strike-related unrest at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana, Rustenburg, in August 2012 — recommended that she face an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

In September last year, Mr Zuma announced that a board of inquiry was appointed to look into allegations of misconduct against General Phiyega.

The Claasen inquiry said the state attorney would represent the Presidency in the commission. Advocates Ismail Jamie SC and Thabani Masuku would lead evidence.

It said third parties wishing to present evidence or make representations could submit these to evidenceleaders@classenenquiry.co.za.

Advocates William Mokhari SC and Mahlape Sello would represent General Phiyega. Those wanting to make representations to the commissioner’s legal team could send these to claaseninquiry@werksmans.com.

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