Saps to interdict Khayelitsha Inquiry

Lawyers for the police have indicated they will go to court in an attempt to interdict the O'Regan inquiry.

Police monitor a protest in Khayelitsha.

CAPE TOWN - Lawyers acting for police have indicated they will go to court in an attempt to interdict the O'Regan Commission of Inquiry.

The commission, which was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, was asked to investigate police inefficiencies in Khayelitsha.

It was set up in the wake of vigilante killings in the Cape Town township.

Retired Judge Kate O'Regan and former National Director of Public Prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli are heading the inquiry.

During the commission's first public sitting in Khayelitsha on Monday, it emerged that police will go to court to interdict the hearing.

But the commission's evidence leader, Nazreen Bawa, said they will continue as normal, for now.

"This morning, the commission responded to that letter."

It appears lawyers acting for the South African Police Service (SAPS) have two options.

They could ask the court to suspend proceedings entirely or they could ask the court to stop the commission from issuing notices, which in effect would result in proceedings being halted.

Earlier in October, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa wrote to Zille requesting that police take over the investigation into complaints, lodged by Khayelitsha residents.