Police court bid: Commission shelved

2012-11-08 15:21
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Johannesburg - The commission of inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, has been suspended, the commission said on Thursday.

"The minister of police and seven other police applicants have filed papers for an urgent interdict to stop the work of the commission," commission spokesperson Amanda Dissel said.

"In view of this application, the commission will not proceed with the public hearings."

It was due to begin its work on 12 November and continue until 14 December. A full report was due on 24 February 2013.

Helen Zille, Western Cape premier, established the commission in August to investigate police inefficiency in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. It was headed by retired judge Catherine O'Regan and advocate Vusi Pikoli.

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

Dissel said the commission would give notice of the date when hearings would resume. It would depend on the outcome of the litigation.

On Tuesday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa filed court papers challenging the establishment of the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry.

The matter would be heard in the Cape High Court on 12 November. The ministry's lawyers would also challenge the commission's subpoenas, served on some police officers in the province.

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