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Khayelitsha inquiry interdict set for court

Cape Town - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's application for an interdict against the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry will be heard on Thursday in the Western Cape High Court, ministerial spokesman Zweli Mnisi has confirmed. It was originally set down for Monday.

Mnisi said the interdict argument would be heard, followed by discussions on “the substantive matters in relation to the commission”.

Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa File photo: Oupa Mokoena. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

Mthethwa filed papers in the high court in November to have the commission temporarily suspended, pending a review of the decision on its establishment.

Provincial premier Helen Zille set up the commission in August to probe allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. She said the commission was necessary because there was a breakdown of trust between Khayelitsha residents and the police.

Headed by retired judge Catherine O'Regan and advocate Vusi Pikoli, the commission was to hold public hearings from November 12 to December 14. A full report was due on February 24, 2013.

The commission has since been suspended pending the outcome of the court hearings.

The Social Justice Coalition, which led the call to establish the commission, has been included as a respondent in Mthethwa's application.

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