Cape commission: Mthethwa goes to court

2012-11-06 17:54
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Sapa)

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday filed court papers challenging the establishment of the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry.

It was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to investigate police inefficiency in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

"The matter will now be heard at the Cape High Court on Monday, 12 November 2012," the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry's lawyers would also challenge the commission's subpoenas, served on some police officers in the province.

"Some of the members who have been served with such subpoenas include the Western Cape provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer, as well as various police station commanders from Khayelitsha," the ministry said.

Zille appointed the commission in August, headed by retired judge Catherine O'Regan and advocate Vusi Pikoli.

She cited a breakdown of trust between Khayelitsha residents and the police as the reason for doing so.

The commission planned to hold public hearings between 12 November and 14 December and submit a full report by 24 February next year.

Zille's spokesperson Zak Mbhele said he would see whether her office had received Mthethwa's papers before commenting.

"We haven't received it as far as I know," he said.

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