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Opposing Khayelitsha commission 'makes no sense'

The Social Justice Commission says opposing the Khayelitsha commission into policing makes no sense.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition on Monday reiterated that court action opposing an inquiry into alleged inadequate policing in Khayelitsha made no sense at all.

The Police Ministry filed papers in the Western Cape High Court earlier this month calling for the inquiry to be scrapped.

The ministry argued the inquiry was premature and it would prefer to probe the allegations internally.

The commission was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille following a slew of mob killings in Khayelitsha this year.

The coalitions Axolile Notywala said: "The minute they suspend the commission of inquiry, the more people are going to die."

Community members say they have lost faith in the police.

Meanhwile, Western Cape police are investigating yet another vigilante killing in Khayelitsha.

An 18-year-old youth was attacked and necklaced at the weekend, after being accused of robbery.

In September, two men accused of stealing a cellphone were attacked and killed by a mob of Khayelitsha residents.

A 26-year-old man from the Harare informal settlement was stoned and beaten to death for allegedly stealing a cellphone.

His suspected accomplice, a 28-year-old man, was also stoned, before being torched.