Police court bid: Commission shelved

2012-11-08 15:21

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.

  • bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-08 15:30

    We cannot investigate incompetence in ANC structures. That is not acceptable and will not be tolerated!

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-11-08 19:32

      Why bring in the ANC? What have they got to do with it? Rather comment on who was appointed to chair and lead the commission and how much of taxpayers money is wasted on this commission. How does DA justify the costs? How much is Pikoli and the judge paid?

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-08 20:02

      @Hendrik...The people living there requested a investigation. Troll!!!

      somikazi.pita - 2012-11-08 22:40

      The Minister did not even bother going to the people of Khayelitsha to get their side of the story.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-08 15:33

    This kind of reaction from mthethwa is exactly what you would expect of someone who had something to hide.

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-11-08 19:33

      How do you come to that conclusion. The investigation is against the police of Khyelitsha.

  • rontheogre - 2012-11-08 15:45

    Why stop the commission if there is nothing to hide?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-08 15:51

    The ANC up to their usual tricks - cover up, denial, stall, hinder etc. In short, sabotage anything that will reveal their pathetic failure.

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-11-08 19:33

      NOT ANC, the Police.

  • Vinsens Van Der Poll - 2012-11-08 16:19

    Eish to think that only good could've come of this investigation.

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-11-08 19:34

      What good? Just a waste of money. If some police committed a crime, charge them.

  • somikazi.pita - 2012-11-08 16:40

    I don't get why the Minister would be against this inquiry?! Everyone knows the community of Khayelitsha do not have trust on the police in that area, hence they take law into their own hands when dealing with criminals!

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