Mthethwa studies Khayelitsha inquiry judgement

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's lawyers are deciding their next move after he lost his bid to interdict the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

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

Several non-governmental organisations had turned to Zille to do something about the rise in vigilante killings in the area.

Mthethwa's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi says, “Minister Mthethwa together with the legal team have noted the judgement and they are currently studying it."

The court found Mthethwa’s lawyers failed to prove that Zille misinterpreted her powers when she set up the commission.

Two of three judges said there was no justification for an interdict in the absence of any convincing evidence.

Zille’s spokesperson Zak Mbhele says the ruling affirms the province’s oversight role.

“It’s very clear that oversight over the police is a provincial function and a commission of inquiry is well within the premier’s powers to institute.”

Those supporting the commission sang and danced outside the courthouse once judgment was handed down.

Non-governmental organisations are also pleased - they have long been calling for the commission to go ahead.