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Cops want interdict against Khayelitsha inquiry

SAPS have been slammed for not cooperating with the Khayelitsha inquiry.

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

CAPE TOWN - Civil Society Organisations on Monday criticised South African Police Service (SAPS) management for not voluntarily cooperating with the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha.

The commission, which was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, is headed by retired Judge Kate O'regan and former prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli.

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

The commission was established in August after Civil Society Organisations wrote to Zille, requesting an investigation into police inefficiencies in Khayaletisha.

It emerged that police will go to court to obtain an interdict to stop the commission from doing its work.

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

Police failed to make formal submissions to the commission on Monday, during its first public sitting.

However, it emerged the SAPS will be going to court to interdict the inquiry.

Attorney Sanja Boornman, who represents the Civil Society Organisations said, "This is too little too late from the police."

The Social Justice Coalition's Zackie Achmat was not happy.

"The police have indicated to the commission that they're going to court, that is a waste of money."

The commission is scheduled to begin public hearings next month.