Judgement in Khayelitsha probe case

2013-01-13 22:50
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Sapa)

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The Western Cape High Court is on Monday expected to deliver judgement in the application by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa against a commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha.

Mthethwa's advocate, Norman Arendse, told the court that an interdict was urgent as Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's decision to appoint the commission would have an impact on the independence of the SA Police Service (SAPS).

In November last year, Mthethwa and other applicants filed papers in the High Court to have the commission temporarily suspended, pending a review of the decision to establish it.

Zille set up the commission in August last year to probe allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

She said the commission was necessary because there was a breakdown of trust between Khayelitsha residents and the police.

Headed by retired judge Catherine O'Regan and advocate Vusi Pikoli, the commission was to hold public hearings from 12 November to 14 December 2012. A full report was due on 24 February 2013.

The commission has since been suspended pending the outcome of the court outcome.

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