Cape commission: Mthethwa goes to court

2012-11-06 17:54

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.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-06 18:24

    Now why on earth would he want to block the commission ?? Instead of letting it do it's work and take note of the outcome of the report and learn something. Gosh, if anyone is prepared to help me do my work more efficiently I wouldn't b!tch about it. Or is this because it is in the Western cape ??

      PointBlank - 2012-11-06 18:42

      you would moan if it would uncover ANC interference.

      SharonE - 2012-11-06 18:45

      Maybe it is because it is headed by Vusi Pikoli? He was dismissed for going after Jackie Selebi, and not reinstated by Kgalema Mothlanthe even after a commission found that his dismissal was wrongful. It seems he is still persona non grata in government circles.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-06 20:42

      @ SharonE...I believe the minister is afraid of WHAT the police will say under oath.

      arthur.marks.754 - 2012-11-06 21:08

      you would moan if it would uncover SAPS incompetence.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-07 08:31

      Its exactly the kind of reaction you would expect of some one who had something to hide.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-11-06 18:28

    For a year the police were asked to act. Now the commission will be looking into this, ask by the community, suddenly wide awake. If the police are going to look into this noting will happen, the lazy and scared, and on the payroll police will get a pat on the back for good work. He is so afraid to hear the truth, but let him pay his court cases, then this nonsense will stop.

  • morrisn2 - 2012-11-06 18:31

    As a man in charge the issue should hav been addressed with him b4 any further steps were taken, its like undermining his authority!

      PointBlank - 2012-11-06 18:41

      how much more must Zille do to get a reaction from this useless minister, he has blocked every single suggestion, proposal and motion in the WC. It is clear the ANC is behind the unrest in the WC that is what this commission will dig up.. ANC interference.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-11-06 18:47

      Addressing an issue with another incompetent minister like him is like pissing into the wind.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-06 18:33

    Because of hidden agenda's! (zuma lapdog tribal lackey)

  • terry.burne - 2012-11-06 18:34

    Typical ANC - they will do anything to block any investigation into why they are so hopelessly incompetent, rather than get off their butt and actually fix the problem!

  • headman.waai - 2012-11-06 19:19

    Mthethwa just like all ANC cowards as a proud ANC I will never run to Court if opposition parties are challenging my Department now we know how Coward are you. They wanted Army deployed, you said No I am living in Khayelitsha I know excactly what is the DAs concern but you still say No. Please leave the court come to us we wont bite you we are tired of young boys playing with our Lives in front of you and you Police.

  • ba.kgasapane - 2012-11-06 20:10

    Why he go to court, because what is happening in Marikana which is a shame on police, then CTN will be another shame on them

  • Gert van Coller - 2012-11-06 20:26

    Ag shame, don't want to let the public to see how you're trying to destabilise the province? Everyone knows it already dear minister!

  • sphesihle.sibiya.5 - 2012-11-06 21:19

    Funny how the minister is so quick to run to the courts but very relaxed at attending the ridiculous loss of lives that happen in that township everyday, if you feel your doing everything to the best of your ability , let them investigate, I'm young and black ,and I hate what your doing to our idiots must go away

  • gareth.hart.965 - 2012-11-06 21:34

    Politics such as this is repugnant, because make no mistake, it is about politics. Everything the ANC does is based on power-retention, not service delivery or reconciliation or whatever other reasons are put forward.Seems that Mthethwa's naivety and ignorance does not seize to exist...

  • alf.pop - 2012-11-06 21:53

    Careful, Nathi: Once you take the first step you have to follow through - unlike your usual all talk - no (legal) action b...s..t!

      Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-07 06:19

      Ah BUT Nathi gets to fly around in that private Lear Jet more frequently and probe prospective zuma wives probably too as part of the trip. THE ANC ARE DETERMINED TO MAKE WC UNGOVERNABLE - including the cast out YL fiends.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-07 01:50

    It is not about dealing with incompetence in the current ANC but about sweeping it under the rug!

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