Minister faces court threat over Khayelitsha policing

2015-08-12 16:25
SJC and Ndifuna Ukwazi members in front of Parliament (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

SJC and Ndifuna Ukwazi members in front of Parliament (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko would find himself in court if he failed to respond to the findings of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry, civil society organisations said on Wednesday.

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and Ndifuna Ukwazi said they would file papers if he failed to respond positively to a planned march and pickets.

Members from both organisations made the declaration while seated at a desk hastily placed in front of Parliament.

SJC researcher Axolile Notywala said the court action would compel Nhleko to revise the “irrational” and “inequitable” allocation of police resources in Khayelitsha and other places.

Informed action and leadership

“In order to save lives, informed action and leadership is needed urgently."

Pickets are planned in Khayelitsha and central Cape Town over the next two weeks.

Residents will then march to Parliament on August 25 to hand over a memorandum to Nhleko to respond. A 72-hour sit-in will follow.

Western Cape premier Helen Zille appointed a commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha in August 2012, following a multitude of complaints about policing and vigilantism.

The 500-page report concluded that there were serious inefficiencies in policing in the area and a breakdown of trust between the community and police.

The organisations criticised National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega for apparently classifying what seemed to be her interim response to the findings.

“For this to be classified - we are still not sure of the reason," Notywala said. Phiyega was not really concerned "with their dignity", he added.

He said the last thing they wanted was a blame game between the parties.

“We were hoping that by this time they would all be sitting at one table to discuss and work on these recommendations.”

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said Nhleko acted and directed the police to engage Zille on the matter. He said Phiyega would arrange a follow-up meeting with the premier.

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