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'Khayelitsha inquiry should go ahead'

The Social Justice Coalition says the commission of inquiry into Khayelitsha policing is necessary.

The Social Justice Coalition believes the commission of inquiry into Khayelitsha policing will help find solutions.

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition has again called on the police ministry to drop its legal action opposing a commission of inquiry into the state of policing in Khayelitsha.

Earlier in November, the department filed papers in the Western Cape High Court, resulting in the commission's public hearings being put on hold.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille instituted the commission after a spate of mob justice incidents in Khayelitsha.

Community members say they have lost faith in the police.

The coalition's Axolile Notywala says the police ministry's opposition to the inquiry makes no sense.

"As residents who are vulnerable to criminal acts, this makes us angry. The minister's effort to stop this commission of inquiry is not going to solve the problem."

Over the weekend, an 18-year-old was beaten to death by community members after he was accused of robbery.

There has been a surge in vigilante killings over the past few months.