Groups want Khayelitsha inquiry to succeed

Groups have called on Premier Helen Zille to broaden the terms of reference of the Khayelitsha inquiry.

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

CAPE TOWN - Some civil society groups say all stakeholders and city law enforcement agencies should be involved in the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry for it to be effective.

Premier Helen Zille established the inquiry in August to investigate allegations of inefficient policing in the township.

It is believed a breakdown in relations between police and the community has led to a rise in mob justice.

The Social Justice Coalition has called on the Zille to broaden the terms of reference of the inquiry.

The coalition's Gavin Silber says, "For the commission to work effectively, all stakeholders need to be involved in the commission."

He says the Department of Justice and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) should also be involved.

Retired Constitutional Court judge Kate O'Regan and former NPA head Vusi Pikoli have been appointed as commissioners.

They have to report back to Zille within six months.

Khayelitsha has experienced a spate of mob killings in recent months.

Over 10 people have been killed by angry mobs.

The residents say they have lost faith in the police so they opt to take the law into their own hands.