Zille welcomes Khayelitsha inquiry ruling

The top court dismissed Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's bid to block a commission of inquiry.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Constitutional Court has affirmed the Western Cape government's role in conducting oversight on the police, Premier Helen Zille said on Tuesday.

The top court dismissed Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's bid to block a commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha.

Zille established the commission in 2012 after pressure from civil society organisations about the rise in vigilante killings in the Cape Town township.

The premier's spokesperson Zak Mbhele said, "What happens now is that the commission will get together. They have operational autonomy from the government."

Meanwhile, the Police Ministry says it respects the Constitutional Court's ruling on the matter.

Department spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said, "We had questioned the cohesive powers of this monitoring and oversight [role] on the police because in our view, we had constitutionally mandated structures such as the Civilian Secretariat for Police and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, including the National Inspectorate, which played this oversight role."