South Africa Suspends Police Chief Over Role In Miners’ Deaths

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Gen Phiyega has defended her force's handling of the Marikana strike  Photo Credits: BBC
Gen Phiyega has defended her force’s handling of the Marikana strike Photo Credits: BBC

South African Police Chief, Riah Phiyega have been suspended by President Jacob Zuma following investigations into her role in the 2012 killing of 34 miners.

A three-member board will examine Gen Phiyega’s leadership decisions and actions which led to the death of the 34 mineworkers. It will assess whether she or other police officers concealed information on decisions they took in handling the unrest, BBC reports.

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Phiyega’s investigation follows an inquiry’s finding that police followed a “defective” plan to break up the strike.

Gen Phiyega, however, disputes the findings and defends police handling of the strike.

Numerous calls have been made for Ms Phiyega to be sacked over the case.

No-one has been charged or held responsible for the killings.

 


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