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Police take Khayelitsha Inquiry to court

Police Ministry intends to suspend the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha.

Khayelitsha Police Station

CAPE TOWN - The Ministry of Police said on Wednesday it is headed to court in an effort to suspend the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha's proceedings.

The commission was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille following the breakdown in relations between Khayelitsha residents and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

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

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

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa wrote to the commission asking it to halt proceedings, so police could have time to conduct internal investigations.

Doubt was cast on the request questioning the independence of the probe.

The Ministry's Zweli Mnesi said it will be challenging the matter in the Western Cape High Court next week.

"Papers have been filed and the matter is now in court. From our side, we'll respect the court processes and the matter will be heard on Monday."

He called on involved parties not to comment on the matter until judgement is handed down.

"We've urged all parties that have been affected by this matter to respect the court processes and not have any parallel comments outside the court."

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

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