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Cape Town - A preliminary sitting of the commission of inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, will be held on November 13, commission spokeswoman Amanda Dissel said on Friday.
This comes after a court battle between the commission and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to establish the validity of the proceedings.
“The work of the commission has been delayed for a year by litigation initiated by the minister of police and several other applicants who launched urgent proceedings on 8 November 2012... (They said) the commission had been unconstitutionally and unlawfully appointed,” said Dissel.
The applicants wanted the subpoenas sent by the commission to be set aside as they argued that the commission did not have the powers to issue them.
The matter was dismissed by the Western Cape High Court in January.
Mthethwa and the other applicants went to the Constitutional Court and requested leave to appeal the matter.
Earlier this month, the Constitutional Court dismissed their application.
Dissel said the commission had continued to collect statements from community members amid the delays and hoped to complete the proceedings soon.
“The commission hopes to complete the sittings... by 28 March 2014. The commission plans to complete its work in the first half of 2014,” she said.
She said the commission's office in Khayelitsha would be open daily between October 21 and November 29 from 9am to 1pm to allow the public to make statements relating to the commission.