Mthethwa request perplexing - Zille

2012-08-28 22:33

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's request for the postponement of a commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha was "perplexing," Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said on Tuesday.

"His comments are perplexing, given that all the written complaints upon which the decision to appoint a commission was founded, were sent to his office... and indeed his office confirmed receipt of these documents in writing," she said in a statement.

"It is my honest opinion that the report which will be produced by the commission in due course can but only assist the SA Police Service in meeting any challenges that they face in that area and, as such, any impact it will have will be positive."

In a letter released on Monday, Mthethwa asked for a meeting with Zille and said the inquiry into alleged police inefficiency in the township was "premature.

"I therefore request that you postpone the commencement of the work of the appointed commission of inquiry so that we may discuss the matter to enable us to find possible alternative resolutions, if any, to the challenges that you believe exist in Khayelitsha."

Citing a break-down of trust between Khayelitsha residents and the police, Zille appointed a commission of inquiry, headed by Judge Katherine O'Regan and advocate Vusi Pikoli, last week.

Mthethwa said he had been briefed on the situation in Khayelitsha by national police commissioner Riah Phiyega and wanted to talk to Zille about initiatives already in place to improve it.

Zille said that complaints by residents about the breakdown of relations with police "merited investigation.

"Despite repeated requests since December 2011, I have received no comment on the facts or merits of the complaints from the minister or national and provincial police commissioners at all to date," she said.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-28 22:59

    Indeed they are....postpone the work...what for? some people want their work done mthethwa not everything is about you!

      Vince.York - 2012-08-29 06:23

      Why is this head of the policeman allowed to promote illegal provocation by the ancyl in the western cape with impunity? This is not a small matter - but of massive impact across the country as it is the initial bid to start violent land grabs which all along the anc has firmly stated is not their policy but which lapdogs and blow with the wind deployed cadres ARE PURSUING AND EXACERBATING. The ConCourt will do and say nothing until everything is suitable blackened and charred and smouldering across the continents southern extremities. Every day many thousands of refugees from the eastern cape and some other anc driven racist ganglands are bused into metropolitan areas, only to demand the prime properties within a week of arriving AND ARE NOT PENALISED BY THE POLICE?

  • @Thabo.Shaku - 2012-08-28 23:00

    Who is going to foot the bill?

      nico.bester.54 - 2012-08-28 23:30

      @Thabo, the question should rather be: can we afford not to have a independent inquiry? Or should we rather feed the corruption animal than spend money trying to exterminate it? But then again, this report wont be swept under the carpet. I would suggest that, judging by the minister's response, some well connected officials are going to find themselves in a tight spot? waiting, waiting....

      stephanie.sutherland41 - 2012-08-28 23:59

      @Thabo - It would be cheaper than the lavish parties thrown by the ANC and ANCYL at the expense of tax payers don't you think, and would actually have an outcome in favour of the local residents affected by the corruption. The parties are for the wealthy, and the inquiry is for the poor, on who would you rather spend that money Thabo???

      tw2066 - 2012-08-29 07:29

      Well, 82% of the white minority pay tax, as does 17% of the black majority, and they will be paying the bill.

      giovanni.izar - 2012-08-29 07:55

      Say something else now Thabo

      @Thabo.Shaku - 2012-08-30 20:56

      The one who pays the bill must decide whether or not the commission of enquiry should go ahead!

      alf.pop - 2012-09-02 08:42

      Send the bill to Mthethwa. He can pay it from the same "slush fund" used to make "improvements" to his property, of which he was "not aware"! He obviously wants to have the enquiry stopped because his "competence, honesty and integrity" might get dented further by the enquiry!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-28 23:47

    The whole of the ANC is perplexing to say the least...!

  • sachasea - 2012-08-29 04:46

    This commission of inquiry would be more useful if it's ambit covered the whole of the Western Cape.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-08-29 05:07

    Most probably Mthethwa knows of something that can worsen the reputation of the police (if at all possible) if it is exposed. Another cover up attempt?

  • bhekisizwe.nyundu - 2012-08-29 05:18

    If Mthethwa has a problem with da commission then he should step aside coz he denies citizens justice.His incompetency has cost many ppl their lives in da country and it wud honourable 4 him to shut up or shape out.

  • LouisBok - 2012-08-29 05:43

    He knows the commission will find a lot of numbnut decisions made by fools with ranks as high as colonel and NO police experience such as-White Station Commanders from suburban towns where they grew up,know the community and problems,speak their language,thrown into this hell hole to perform with staff that hardly speaks english,does not know the meaning of the word discipline and has never been in the Cape. The vechiles are seen anywhere but crime hot spots in Kayelitsha. The township mentality needs policing by their mentality. It will be a sore eye opener,Mtetwa knows this. Rather put these ex mk troops in charge-results will be better.

  • klaas.waarzegger.7 - 2012-08-29 05:49

    Yes Mr Mthethwa. I am sure that you have some plans. What we need ,however, is the implimentation there of. This is the part DA "Madam" can do. DA Madam has spoken!

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-29 06:14

    Does lapdog Mthethwa even bother with the importance of tracking the cases of RICA linked cases. NO. Similarly murderers of farmers (SA citizens) is APPROVED OF through inaction in accordance with racist unwritten anc policy - making Mthethwa a biased unsuitable candidate for his position which requires someone to be TOTALLY IMPARTIAL. (impartial that is - not incapcitated to reason and support of it's citizens and nations well being). It's too much effort and the reasoning behind statistics is lost on a R1million a day genitalia following lapdog

  • Wouter - 2012-08-29 06:19

    Hiding something?

  • thulani.b.kiviet - 2012-08-29 07:15

    Yes miss zille u are right. I also think a commission of inquiry should have been set up to investigate your failure to deal with the cape flats gangster issue which claimed so many lives. Are we ever going to see a day in SA where our politicians stop pointing fingers and start working for the people of this country? There is no difference between the ANC and the DA. Gareth cliff was right this morning, politicians care about no one but themselves.

      annman - 2012-08-29 07:19

      Yes! Because the provincial government controls a national compentency like SAPS *shakes head in frustration*

      luke.dekoker - 2012-08-29 09:19

      Yet you vote anc!! Get some reallity and vote DA next time.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-08-29 10:36

      @Thulani: Mrs Zille, is being stonewalled by the ANC who are bitter that she has won more votes than they have in the Western Cape. As the government oipposition she has called for all kinds of measures to deal with gangsterism only to have the ANC deny her and since they are the people who hold the purse strings this is the way it works. So DON'T blame her. BLAME THE ANC AND THEIR YOUTH LEAGUE WHO DON"T WANT TO SOLVE PROBLEMS< JUST STEAL THE COFFERS DRY FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR PALS. Phiyega is the ANC's appointment and has no experience in the police. Nothing will happen to our Education Minister because her husband pays big money to the ANC election plans and agenda and yet she is singlehandedly responsible for the Limpopo book debacle as well as the Eastern Cape book debacle. We haven't forgotten about that becvause of Marikane believe me. Eastern Cape people know that things work better in the Western Cape which is why they are willing to go and settle there at ANC expence. The ANC could use the energy and money employed to get them there to assist them to build a better life right here but they won't. They are doing just what the apartheid party did to ensure they do not lose seats but the majority have had enough after 20 years of inept and criminal government who are only capable of making promises not keeping them. Where they have been kept it is because the DA drew attention to the fact that they were failing and they HAD to do something.

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-29 07:31

    When Zille asked for the SANDF to solve a problem, Mthitwa had nothing but degoratory comments to make... but didnt solve the problem anyway. SO I reckon Hellen Zille can tell up to get stooofed.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-29 07:52

    Ah but there is method in his madness. Make it seem like a hot zone, and then come in 6 months before election, clean it up nice and you look like the saviour and wham bham thank you mam you have all those people voting for you because you came in to save them. Very convoluted but with elections on the horizon these people will do anything to make the rest of the public think they are numero uno.

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-08-29 08:11

    He is trying to hide or pass the buck. Do not let him!

  • bonaqua.delpero - 2012-08-29 09:02

    It is a common knowledge that when there is ommision of inquery people raise their eyes brows due to the truth will be provided by the set commision...!!! Nathi Mthethwa must just accept the fact that Zille is doing something appropriate inregard to Khayelisha residents and SAPS bhuti wami just shut up and let Zille do her job....!!!

  • clive.kihn - 2012-08-29 12:03

    Perplexing, my foot: it's absurd and totally unacceptable. I suppose it's too much to hope for that jellyfish Zuma will show some leadership for once and tell his minister where to get off, and that the enquiry will go ahead as planned. The victims' families, and the nation, deserve nothing less.

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