Mthethwa loses Khayelitsha ConCourt bid

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry will now be able to subpoena police officers.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Constitutional Court has dismissed Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's application to nullify a commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha.

Mthetha argued the commission had no power to subpoena police officers.

The commission was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in August 2012 following several incidents of mob justice in the community.

The commission's mandate is to investigate allegations of police inefficiency in the township.

The ruling is a victory for the Western Cape local government and the residents of Khayelitsha who hope to get some answers and improve police efficiency in the area.

The commission will now be able to subpoena police officers to testify at the inquiry.

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke handed down the judgment on Tuesday morning saying police were not immune and had to give answers to the issues concerning residents.