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'Zille should delay Khayelitsha inquiry'

The Police Ministry wants Helen Zille to delay her inquiry into policing woes in Khayelitsha.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: Niki McQueen via www.da.org.za.

CAPE TOWN - The Police Ministry on Tuesday said Western Cape Premier Helen Zille should delay her commission of inquiry into policing woes in Khayelitsha.

Last week, she announced that a commission has been tasked with investigating the breakdown in communication between police and Khayelitsha residents.

It follows a spate of vigilante killings, which have claimed at least 14 lives in the township in recent months.

Some residents have accused the police of taking too long to respond to their calls, while others say they have lost faith in them.

Ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said, "The decision to set up a commission of inquiry was immature. The minister has written to the premier requesting that they should meet and find other ways of dealing with the issue."

Zille has set aside R5 million for the inquiry.

Justice Catherine O' Regan and advocate Vusi Pikoli are the commissioners.

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