Future of Khayelitsha inquiry uncertain

Authorities are expected to decide on whether to continue with the Khayelitsha inquiry.

Protesters show their support to the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry outside the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An announcement is expected next week on when the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry will resume.

On Monday, the Western Cape High Court dismissed Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's attempt to interdict the commission.

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

There have been calls for the commission to resume its work without delays.

However, the commission's secretary Amanda Dissels says they are taking legal advice.

"The commissioners are studying the judgement and considering its implications. We will be making a decision regarding the future of the commission next week."

The commission has until the end of February to complete its work and deliver a report.

On Monday, the court said Mthethwa's lawyers failed to prove that Zille overstepped her powers when she set up the commission.

Zille was under pressure from non-governmental organisations to do something about the rise in vigilante killings in Khayelitsha.