Mthethwa loses bid to stop Khayelitsha inquiry

Nathi Mthethwa has lost his bid to interdict the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into policing. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Monday lost his bid to launch an interdict against the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into policing.

Judgment in the matter was handed down in the Western Cape High Court this morning.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille established the commission in August to investigate allegations of police inefficiencies in the Cape Town township.

It took just a few moments for Western Cape Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso to hand down the ruling.

The High Court dismissed Mthethwa's case with costs.

Mthethwa in November filed papers in the High Court to have the commission temporarily suspended, pending a review of the decision to establish it.

Today's judgement means that his attempt to interdict the commission of inquiry has failed.

But he might still call for a review of the commission.

The judgement was met with celebrations outside the courthouse.

Those supporting the commission sang and danced outside, as lawyers paged through the lengthy judgement.

The ruling has been welcomed by lawyers for the social justice coalition.