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Court to decide on Khayelitsha inquiry's future

The High Court will decide whether the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry will go ahead.

Khayelitsha Police Station.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's lawyers go to the Western Cape High Court on Thursday morning to try and stop the Commission of Inquiry into Khayelitsha police from going ahead.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille set up the commission in August to investigate allegations of police inefficiency in the township after receiving complaints from Non-government organisations.

There has also been a spate of mob killings in the community in recent months.

Residents said they decided to take the law into their own hands following a breakdown in relations with police.

The commission, which is headed by retired judge Kate O'Regan and former National Director of Public Prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli, was put on hold pending the outcome of the court battle.

The premier's spokeperson Zak Mbhele said, "We believe there is a very strong and clear case for the establishment of the commission and that the Police Minister's arguments will not hold water. We are prepared for any eventuality."

Demonstrations are expected to take place outside the courthouse.

The Social Justice Coalition's Axolile Notywala said, "From about 10am residents of Khayelitsha and others who support the commission will air their views about crime, safety and policing in the community."