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Phiyega to investigate vigilante killings

National Police Commissioner Riha Phiyega has asked Premier Helen Zille for time to investigate mob killings.

Newly appointed National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega speaking to the media on Thursday 14 June, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Monday said a commission of inquiry into the apparent lack of proper policing in Khayelitsha would be put on hold for now.

The premier received a letter from National Police Commissioner Riha Phiyega asking for time to investigate the situation herself.

Several organisations in Khayelitsha have called for an urgent inquiry into what they call “inactive policing” in the area.

They claim this has led to at least 11 suspected thieves being necklaced over the last few months.

Zille’s spokesperson Zak Mbhele said this should have been sounding alarm bells for the police.

“The vigilante killings are defiantly a huge symptom of inactive policing because communities say they have lost faith in the police.”

Phiyega has been given three weeks to come up with a plan of action or Zille will establish an inquiry.

In March, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa visited the area and urged community members not to take the law into their hands.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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