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Spotlight on Khayelitsha police

The Khayelitsha commission holds the first of seven meetings looking into mob justice & police relations.

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

CAPE TOWN - The commission of inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha is expected to shed light on how it will work.

The commission was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in August, following a spate of vigilante killings in the township.

It was also tasked with looking into the breakdown of ties between the community and local police.

Monday's meeting, which is to be held at Lookout Hill Hall, is one of at least seven to be held.

The commission will then compile a written report containing its findings to the investigation, as well as recommendations.

The commission's Amanda Dissel explained Monday's proceedings: "It's a hearing where we're going to bring the key parties to the investigation. We're going to be looking at procedural issues like what the commission is going to be focussing on, how it's going across works, what is the procedure the public hearings that will be held in November."

Dissel said the commission wants the public to support the hearings.

"We might get members of the public coming along to listen, but we're not actually going to be leading any evidence yet. When we do take evidence in November it will be important for the public to come along and hear what people have to say and what their experiences are."

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.