Zille welcomes ruling on Khayelitsha inquiry

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry can now go ahead following a high court judgement.

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry can now go ahead following a high court judgment.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Provincial Government on Monday welcomed the Western Cape High Court's ruling on the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

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

This followed several incidents of mob justice in the area but Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa went to court to stop it from going ahead.

The case was heard before three high court judges.

Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso handed down the majority of the ruling on Monday.

In it, two judges found that the minister's lawyers failed to prove that Zille misconstrued her powers when she established the commission.

The ruling was met with celebrations outside the courthouse.

Zille's spokesperson Zak Mbhele welcomed the ruling.

"We are very pleased with the ruling. It's a great affirmation of the province's role and powers in oversight over the police."

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