Mthethwa back to face the fire

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa arrives from his honeymoon to face policing issues.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa arrives from his honeymoon to face policing issues. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa is back at work and could likely meet with his department's parliamentary portfolio committee on Tuesday.

This is to discuss a range of issues, including the death of Mido Macia while in police custody in Johannesburg.

As the shock and furore around the death of the Mozambican taxi driver swirled, Mthethwa was abroad on his honeymoon.

Acting Police Minister Siyabonga Cwele, who is also the State Security Minster, did what he could to mitigate the damage to the South African Police Service's image.

He issued a statement condemning the incident.

But Mthethwa is now back in the office and has a daunting task ahead as he tries to do damage control.

Mthethwas's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said, "The minister arrived in the country over the weekend. On Monday, he was back to his duties and on Tuesday he will be in Parliament."

Mnisi insists the ministry is not taking Macia's death, allegedly at the hands of police officers, lightly.

Macia was handcuffed to a police van and dragged away from the scene where police arrested him.

He died later in a police holding cell. Nine police officers have been charged with murder in connection with his death.