Friday, March 29, 2013

Western Cape Community Safety Bill passed


Mluleki Mrwebi
29 March 2013

On Wednesday the Western Cape Community Safety Bill was passed in the Western Cape Legislature with a significant majority. 

Twenty-three of 36 members of the provincial legislature voted in favour of the bill on Wednesday, which would give the provincial government more control over the police. 

Ministerial Spokesperson for MEC Dan Plato, Greg Wagner said the passing of this bill is important not only for this province but for the country as a whole.

Meanwhile the ANC MPL Khaya Magaxa said the bill would create an inter-governmental conflict between the national and provincial departments. 

Magaxa added that the bill would give authorities the power to call for the removal, transfer, or disciplinary action against the provincial police commissioner. 

The Police Ministry Department refused to comment on the passing of the bill.

Police Ministry Spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said the matter is with their legal team, as they look to challenge the bill in court.

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