Policing in Khayelitsha under scrutiny

Human rights organisations are gathering evidence for a commission of inquiry.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Women's Legal Centre (WLC) has been working around the clock to gather evidence for the commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha, representatives said on Thursday.

The WLC is one of many human rights organisations helping to collect information for the commission.

Last month Western Cape Premier Helen Zille announced the commission has been tasked with investigating the breakdown in communication between police and Khayelitsha residents.

This follows a spate of vigilante killings in the township in recent months. At least 14 people have been killed in Khayelitsha in suspected mob justice incidents.

The WLC's Sanja Bornman said: "For us this stage is critical because this is really the phase for people living in Khayelitsha, who are suffering this kind of inefficiency, police abuse and corruption on a daily basis, to come together and tell us their stories.

"The very first deadline we're looking at is 5 October, which is the day all factual evidence will be submitted to the submission for its consideration."

On Tuesday, the commission of inquiry said its terms of reference are broad because various issues need to be thoroughly interrogated.

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