Mthethwa to challenge Western Cape bill

2012-06-05 17:33

Johannesburg - The proposed Western Cape community safety bill clashed with the Constitution, the police ministry said on Tuesday.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa consulted legal practitioners in the field of constitutional law who found that the bill was not constitutional "in its entirety", said spokesperson Zweli Mnisi in a statement.

Mthethwa also instructed the civilian secretariat for police to make submissions on the draft bill.

The proposed legislation would grant the province powers to monitor the police and foster co-operation between the police and communities.

It also provided for the appointment of a provincial police ombudsman.

Under the Constitution, the national commissioner of police is tasked with the control and management of the police service.

Mnisi said Mthethwa had raised his concerns with community safety MEC Dan Plato.

"Should the bill go ahead the Minister has informed the MEC that the Ministry will challenge the constitutionality of the bill."

Plato said he would comment on the matter later on Tuesday.

  • Phillys - 2012-06-05 17:41

    yup, this bespectacled twit has the IQ of a ripe yam, and when anyone comes along with anything innovative and progressive, IN THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY EFFECTED, our national neanderthal soaks its panties!! The ombudsman especially must have threatened this twerp.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-05 20:55

      ..Any thumbs down on this report will be from those criminals who feel their "comfort zone" is in danger of being compromised. Fact is that the Western Cape are leaders in governance and innovation. Also in honesty and integrety. So!! anything they do to improve their citizens quality of life and neutralize corruption, will be seen a threat to all the thieves and fraudsters in the other provinces. Mnisi said Mthethwa must be terribly worried -- do they perhaps have some skeletons in their cupboards? .. I say definately otherwise they would have lauded the attempt to get rid of all the corruption.

  • TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-06-05 17:52

    THE ANC does not appreciate the fight against crime because it is an organisation full of criminals. JUST THINK OF ALL THE LIVE THAT COULD OF BEEN SAVED IF THIS STRATEGY IS IMPLEMENTED! MORE BLOOD ON ANC HANDS!

  • Ian - 2012-06-05 18:14

    They don't want to lose any power................

      Godfrey - 2012-06-05 19:05

      @Ian...especially the power to protect the under world bosses.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-06-05 18:23

    "Under the Constitution, the national commissioner of police is tasked with the control and management of the police service."....if only the ANC/Government could appoint a competent and ethical commissioner, none of this would be needed! Where oh where would we find such a person?

      stanton.clarke - 2012-06-05 19:12

      3 thumbs down, probably Selebi, Cele, and some other comrade who is hoping to be commissioner. Whats wrong with competent and ethical, surely does not deserve a thumbs down?

      Rip - 2012-06-05 19:24

      Don't bother about the thumbs down. Some idiots do nothing else but down everything they see.

      Alf - 2012-06-05 19:54

      We can always look for one outside of South Africa! Would make a difference, instead of a foreign Bafana Bafana coach we appoint a foreign police commissioner! Since when is Nathi Mthethwa an expert on constitutional matters? I don't think he reads the constituion himself, unless he found an edition with pictures!

      Alf - 2012-06-05 19:55

      The thumbs down could not have come from Selebi and Cele. They both have their thumbs up their fundamental orifice!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 18:40

    What constitution, stuff them go ahead with the bill please.

  • braamc - 2012-06-05 19:12

    Rather focus on your job having a functional honest and workable force

  • Ted - 2012-06-05 20:20

    OMG! The same people who say that the constitution is non-negotiable are saying the DA can do what they want with it! Remember the issue of property rights/land grabs and the constitution. We may live in a rainbow nation, but we definitely are not chameleons. Let's be even handed on national issues. We may start to take each other seriously if we do.

  • Heinrich - 2012-06-05 21:27

    Some more signs of dictatorship...

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