Zille welcomes Khayelitsha commission ruling

2013-10-01 14:45
Helen Zille (Picture: AFP)

Helen Zille (Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • Police
    A 'behind the scenes' look at how the emergency services work. Now R310.00
    buy now

Cape Town - The Western Cape provincial government on Tuesday welcomed a ruling by the Constitutional Court dismissing Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s application against a probe into policing in Khayelitsha.

“The court’s judgment affirms the role of the Western Cape government in conducting policing oversight, according to Section 206 of the Constitution, which I exercised through the appointment of the commission of inquiry,” Premier Helen Zille said in a statement.

Zille set up the inquiry in August last year to investigate alleged police inefficiency in the area. Mthethwa opposed the inquiry in the Western Cape High Court.

His application for interim relief was dismissed in January. Mthethwa then approached the Constitutional Court.

He argued that the inquiry's terms of reference were vague and Zille was not entitled to appoint a commission of inquiry with coercive powers over the SA Police Service.

Recommendations to Cabinet

But in the judgment handed down by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, the court held that without coercive powers the commission would be unable to fulfil its mandate. It dismissed the argument that the terms of reference were too vague or broad.

"The Constitutional Court refused to make an order declaring the premier’s decision to establish the commission inconsistent with the Constitution and invalid," it said.

"Furthermore the premier was obliged to take reasonable steps to shield the residents of Khayelitsha from an unrelenting invasion of their fundamental rights as a result of the alleged police inefficiency."

The commission’s primary purpose was to make recommendations to Cabinet on how to improve policing in the area.

“We remain committed to working with both the commission and the [police] in order to increase safety in all our communities and, now that we have clarity on this aspect, trust that the commission can move forward in fulfilling its mandate with the full co-operation of the police,” Zille said.

- News24
Read more on:    police  |  nathi mthethwa  |  helen zille  |  cape town
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
88 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

JUNIORS! JUNIORS! JUNIORS!

Western Cape
Quantex Executive Recruitment

Factory Supervisor

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
DAV Professional Placement Group
R300 000 Per Year

Test Analyst

Western Cape
Datafin Recruitment

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Mind power dominates and can help you to uncover things from a deeper level, but it can also create entanglements if you let your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.