The Claassen board of inquiry looking into General Riah Phiyega's leadership began today.
President Jacob Zuma established the inquiry following the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's recommendations in the Marikana Report.
Phiyega is not the first National Police Commissioner to be examined by a board of inquiry.
In 2012, President Zuma fired General Bheki Cele, following the findings by the Moloi board of inquiry. It found that Cele knew businessperson Roux Shabangu who was awarded the police building lease.
The inquiry found that Cele was dishonest in not disclosing their relationship.
Xolani Gwala spoke to Gareth Newham, of the Institute of Security Studies.
Newham says the inquiries are primarily established because law requires that the only way to fire the National Police Commissioner in South Africa is through the board of inquiry headed by a judge.
Listen to the full interview below...
They are primarily established because the only way to legally fire a National Commissioner of Police in the South Africa Police Service, is through a board of inquiry that is chaired by a judge with the support of two advocates. It's in law...and it is there to protect them.— Gareth Newham, Institute of Security Studies Crime and Justice Programme