Khayelitsha mob justice commission ready to go

The commission of inquiry body says their terms of reference are broad, but have started the process.

Protesters highlight the ongoing cases on mob justice in Khayelitsha outside the court. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha on Monday said the body's terms of reference are broad, because various issues need to be thoroughly interrogated.

The commission was instituted by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille following several incidents of mob justice in Khayelitsha earlier this year.

At least 14 people have been killed in vigilante killings in recent months.

Last week, a home was set alight by angry residents after a teenage girl was raped and murdered. Community members believed the home owner was involved in the crime.

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC), a civil society group, wants the process to produce concrete solutions.

The SJC's Joel Bregman said "the seriousness of the situation will not be sidelined. The report will be given to the minister of Police, who will obviously have to take this into account. This cannot just be shelved."

Amanda Dissel, the secretary of the commission, said: "We've started our work, given notice of our working methods, and developed a provisional set of working methods which gives notice to the complainant as well as the Provincial and National Commissioner of Police."

The commission has already received numerous complaints from non-governmental organisations regarding inefficient policing in the area.