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Zille to probe Khayelitsha policing problem

Premier Helen Zille wants a clear diagnosis of an apparent policing problem in Khayelitsha.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille wants a clear diagnosis of an apparent policing problem in Khayelitsha.

Non-governmental organisations have asked her to establish a commission of inquiry to probe this, after at least 11 people were necklaced as punishment for their alleged crimes.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has asked Zille to put the inquiry on ice, while she herself probes the root causes of what is happening in the area.

Zille's spokesperson Zak Mbhele said it the premier was working on "a very clear and comprehensive action plan, to indicate how they will address each of those issues, with targets and time frames in which they expect to have everything resolved."

Mbhele said Phiyega has asked for three weeks to investigate.

"Following the expiry of that deadline, if there hasn't been any satisfactory outcome, the premier would then be looking to take the next step towards finalising a decision on a decision on a commission of inquiry."

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