Western Cape to push through safety bill

2012-09-19 09:26

Cape Town - The Western Cape government will push through the controversial community safety bill despite it being shot down by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, it was reported on Wednesday.

Provincial Premier Helen Zille told a press conference on Tuesday that the latest spike in gang violence highlighted the need for urgent intervention, the Cape Times reported.

"We want to avoid these spikes. We want to avoid gangsterism altogether," she said.

Zille said the province had limited powers to intervene. The bill would give it more strength in its oversight role over police and help highlight systemic problems.

Mthethwa reportedly slammed the bill earlier in the year, and said the province was exceeding its constitutional powers.

However, community safety MEC Dan Plato would table the bill in the Provincial Legislature for a vote.

If passed into law, the bill would directly tackle organised crime and involve communities more closely, Plato was quoted as saying.

Mthethwa's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said the ministry's legal team would be contacted before commenting.

  • rudilemmer - 2012-09-19 09:38

    Goon on you Zille...

      rudilemmer - 2012-09-19 09:39

      Oh and the whole of DA of course...

      Pieter Minnie - 2012-09-19 10:13

      almal kla,waarom maak zille nie gebruik van ons militere veterane om die wes kaap reg te ruk.ons is klaar opgeleide en dissipleneerde ,parate manne.die naweek het die manne hul self weer bewys.dan is da weer tax geld om in te pomp.

      luke.dekoker - 2012-09-19 11:23

      Good for DA. Although not on this subject the DA must also review their stance on BEE & AA for all who work for a better South Africa. As a hardworking taxpaying white middle class male who has always voted for the DA (Gauteng) with the hope that there will be a true Democracy (equal rights to all) eventually, but now I am very concerned that the DA in the broad supports the anc (DA's policy issued on 28 August) on the RACIST BEE and AA laws that the anc have been enforcing on the businesses for the past 10-years. Surely by now (18 years down the line) everyone should be treated equal? God help my grandchildren and all the whites that are born as it seems there will be no future for them in this undemocratic country.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-09-23 10:00

      luke dekoker - I feel for you. The thing is that if they take away AA and they don't develop a large middle class population, guess what will happen....lets say you would have to move overseas anyway. Thats just a fact. On a different point, all my white friends have great job. I must have a biased set of friends who are doing really well. Anyway, tell us more about why you imply no whites can get a job. Share with us

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-19 09:39

    Keep up the good work Helen

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-09-19 09:39

    Let me get this straight. The minister is concerned about the opposition doing MORE than they're supposed to?

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-19 09:40

    Time for the Western Cape to break away from the rest of South Africa, and declare itself a separates state.

      jonathancfarrell - 2012-09-19 09:48

      This is my ultimate dream!

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-19 09:49

      Yes when are we going to discuss this issue I want out of this Banana Republic. Let declare a UDI and work together to build our own place.

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-19 10:02

      count me in...

      hudayfah.newman - 2012-09-19 10:15

      Is that possible? Please say yes. I would like to know what is the criterion for that.

      michangel.justice - 2012-09-19 10:16

      That would be great than at least the coloured community of capetown can manage their own affairs, and all the boertjies can move back to transvaal like in the olden days. I VOTE FOR A INDEPENDENT COLOURED COMMUNITY of the WESTERN CAPE . VIVA "ICCWP" VIVA

      customdesign - 2012-09-19 10:35

      Everyone in South Africa is coloured to some degree

      michangel.justice - 2012-09-19 13:08

      i wonder what ethnic group do you holdanigono select when filling in official government forms? "all of the above"

      darrell.e.hines - 2012-09-23 18:53

      You must be crazy, that will never happen, Africa is not europe! lol

  • michangel.justice - 2012-09-19 10:10

    Mthethwa knows why he is opposing such a bill, less crime would mean less work for police,job cuts at prisons, etc etc etc. government is the biggest employment agency and this country cant afford a increase in unemployment which would ultimately mean an greater increase in crime.

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-09-19 10:13

    The DA is just the lessor of two evils I'm afraid, the political system needs an overhaul before it can be effective. Still prefer them a hell of a lot more than the cANCer...

  • joahan.smal - 2012-09-19 10:22

    Is it my imagination or does Zille have bigger balls than the minister and cronies?

      michangel.justice - 2012-09-19 13:02

      i white sheep with black balls,LOL ek se mos lank sy is man trapped in n vrou body, sy en Caster is seke family, sister from another mother

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-19 11:08

    It's not like Mthethwa actually did something about it himself. In fact if I can remember he is being a hindrance to a solution not an asset.

      stuart.lidstone.1 - 2012-09-23 09:40

      The national minister, an ANC cadre, has obviously been told not to be overly hasty in fixing WC problems as they reflect badly on the DA (opposition) and this makes the minister and his boss happeeeeee.

  • darrell.e.hines - 2012-09-23 18:52

    The Western Cape will never become a country on its own, South Africa will not have that! Complete wishful thinking. This is Africa, not europe!

  • dave.brauteseth - 2012-09-24 15:11


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