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Commission to probe Khayelitsha policing

Helen Zille has set up a commission of inquiry following numerous complaints against Khayelitsha police.

Protesters highlight the ongoing cases on mob justice in Khayelitsha on Mandela Day. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has set up a commission of inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

She made the announcement during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Zille told journalists her decision to establish the commission was taken after a protracted period of communication between her office, stakeholders and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Zille said the main aim of the inquiry is to get to the root causes of the breakdown in communication between police and the Khayelitsha community.

She believes this has led to the tragic spates of vigilante killings in the area as many residents take the law into their own hands because they have no faith in the police.

In recent months, there have been about 14 known acts of mob justice.

Some community members have complained of inadequate policing in their area.

Khayelitsha is among the most crime-ridden communities in the province.

Zille quickly pointed out the purpose is not to point fingers but to come up with real solutions to the alleged policing woes in the area.

She said she has faith the appointed commissioners will get to the bottom of the problem.

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