"Phiyega will always be remembered for her involvement in Marikana massacre"

The contract of the suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega ends on Monday.

Phiyega was suspended following an inquiry into her role in the Marikana shooting in 2012 where 34 miners were killed.

Head of Governance at Institute for Security Studies, Gareth Newham, says Phiyega will always be known as the police commissioner involved in the Marikana massacre.

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She will definitely not go down history as one of those successful National Police Commissioners.

Gareth Newham, Head of Justice and Governance at the Institute for Security Studies

Newham says since the year 2000 South Africa has never had a successful police commissioner without scandal, since Jacky Selebi.

Since 2008, South Africa has had about seven national police commissioners - including those who held an acting position.

Each time a new person comes in they have a different approach, they do things differently, they move people around which causes a lot of discord and challenges at the national level.

Gareth Newham, Head of Justice and Governance at the Institute for Security Studies

We don't know if they are going to be there for more than two years.

Gareth Newham, Head of Justice and Governance at the Institute for Security Studies

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