There can be no good reason for the failure to publish the report of the Claassen inquiry into Gen Riah Phiyega’s misconduct over Marikana. Copies of the report have been circulating for months now. And there can be no good reason for President Jacob Zuma’s failure to sack her without further ado. There is something obscene about her continuing to collect a large salary more than four years after a massacre in which she played a pivotal part. The inquiry, appointed by the president back in September 2015, concludes there are three grounds for dismissing Phiyega. First, given all the information at her disposal, she was capable of foreseeing the tragic consequences of the decision to implement the tactical option against the striking Lonmin miners. Secondly, she misled the public about killings at Scene 2 by amending a police statement on what happened. Thirdly, her evidence to the Farlam commission was unsatisfactory, in particular because she refused to take responsibility for poli...

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