Friday, February 01, 2013

Police Minister Mthethwa heading to theConstitutional Court

Imogen Vollenhoven
01 February 2013

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa who is opposing the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry is heading to the Constitutional Court.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille established the commission of inquiry in August to investigate alleged police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s lawyers filed papers to appeal the ruling by the Western Cape High Court today at the Constitutional Court.

 Minsterial Spokesperson Zweli Mnisi says that intergovernmental processes had not been fully complied with and therefore it ordered both parties to report back to the court so that it can consider the application again.

Mnisi adds that they want to emphasis the point that in the appeal they have also raised issues surrounding policing powers, exercising of control over police, because in the constitution it does say that it is such is the national competence, and it has authority in terms of dealing with crime in all provinces.

Mnisi said that the ministry wants to emphasis the point that they want to ensure that crime is not compromised and that the residents of Khayelitsha continue to receive safety and security measures that are appropriate.

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