Policing inquiry fight goes to ConCourt

Nathi Mthethwa's lawyers will go to the Constitutional Court to stop the commission.

Nathi Mthethwa's lawyers will go to the Constitutional Court to try and stop the commission. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry will come under scrutiny in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille established the commission in August last year to probe allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

It follows an outcry from NGOs about the rise in vigilante killings in the township.

However, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa believes Zille overstepped her powers when she appointed the commission and he has been trying to have it set aside.

The commission's secretary Amanda Dissel says since its establishment, the staff has been collecting statements and evidence.

"We've been collecting evidence from community members and the other parties such as [police watchdog] IPID and the Western Cape Community Safety Department."

MTHETHWA OPPOSES COMMISSION

Mthethwa's lawyers have approached the Constitutional Court to try and stop the commission, which is being headed by former NPA boss Vusi Pikoli and retired Constitutional Court Justice Kate O'Reagan.

Before the hearings could get underway earlier, Mthethwa went to the Western Cape High Court to try and interdict the commission.

When the minister's case was dismissed he applied for leave to appeal in the Constitutional Court.