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Police will oppose Community Safety Bill

If the WC Community Safety Bill is passed next year the police ministry will take action against it.

Parliament.

CAPE TOWN - The Police Ministry said on Tuesday it will oppose the Western Cape Community Safety Bill if it is passed.

The proposed legislation will grant the province power to monitor the police and set up an ombudsman to investigate service delivery complaints.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said police's response to violent crimes and gang violence has been inadequate in some instances.

There will be public hearings on the contentious piece of legislation early next year.

It aims at giving provincial government power to monitor the police.

While the ministry has insisted that the bill is unconstitutional Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato is unphased.

"I would love for the police to partake in the processes. The processes are open to each and everyone who believe they have a role to play in safety matters."

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa raised concerns about the draft bill.

His spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said the bill was unconstitutional.

"If you look at some of the oversight functions that are being proposed it is more like a duplication because we have the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) who have some oversight over the police."

Zille said there was nothing wrong with the bill.

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