Calls for career officer to take Phiyega's place


File: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has ordered police to up their game or face a probe into their fitness to wear blue.

PRETORIA - The next national police commissioner must be a career officer.

That’s the view of analysts as Riah Phiyega fights to keep her job as police boss.

President Jacob Zuma has announced plans for a commission of inquiry into Phiyega&39;s fitness to hold office.

This follows the Farlam Commission&39;s recommendation that she be investigated for her role in the Marikana massacre.

Three years ago, police killed 34 striking miners in the North West.

Neither she nor her spokesman Solomon Mokgale have responded to the president’s announcement.

It&39;s believed her removal is almost a forgone conclusion. 

Frans Cronje of the South African Institute of Race Relations said it’s a question at the moment of holding out for the best possible deal she can get.

"I think it has all become a little bit too much," said Cronje.

"Starting with Marikana, the rising crime levels, the criminality within the ranks and various other embarrassments.

"I think the cabinet’s long patience has run out and we won’t see much more of Riah Phiyega in the South African Police Service.”