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Khayelitsha policing inquiry 'unlawful'

A lawyer representing the police minister says there’s no need for the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's lawyer on Thursday tried to convince the Western Cape High Court that the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry is unlawful.

Mthethwa is trying to stop the commission from going ahead.

It was established by Premier Helen Zille in August to investigate accusations of police inefficiency in the township.

Over 20 people have been necklaced in Khayelitsha in recent months as the community says it has lost faith in the police.

The latest victim was a 19-year-old who was accused of robbery in November.

Mthethwa's lawyer advocate Norman Arendse argued in favour of an interdict.

He told the court Zille clearly did not apply her mind to the complaints she received about problems in Khayelitsha.

He believes the complaints point to a breakdown in the criminal justice system as a whole, yet only the police have been singled out by the commission.

Those in favour of the commission are demonstrating outside the court house.

The protest has been organised by several non-governmental organisations.

The minister claims there are plans in place to address the challenge.