Khayelitsha resident: ‘What is Mthethwa hiding?’

Khayelitsha residents insist they want the inquiry into alleged police inefficiency there to continue.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa is seen at a news conference in Pretoria on 29 July 2011, where he introduced a plan to combat police killings. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Khayelitsha residents have told Eyewitness News they want the commission of inquiry into alleged police inefficiency in their township to go ahead as planned.

The commission was appointed to investigate the break-down in relations between police officers and Khayelitsha residents.

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

But Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa wants the probe halted, saying the investigation must also focus on metro police.

The commission, headed by retired Constitutional Court judge Catherine O'Regan and Advocate Vusi Pikoli, is scheduled to begin hearing evidence later in November.

Resident Zizi Madikane has lived in Khayelitsha for over the decade and wants the commission to go ahead with its duties.

"What is Mthethwa trying to hide? I don't see the reason why he should stop the commission…. Maybe he knows something we don't.

"If he is honest, he should let the commission do its job."

Madikane said crime was a serious problem in the area.

"Crime is very high in Khayelitsha."

He said there were frequent incidents of rapes and stabbings and complained that police did not respond to alerts immediately.