Khayelitsha Inquiry wants deadline delay

Helen Zille will look at budget implications before extending the Khayelitsha commission deadline.

Khayelitsha Police Station.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's office said on Wednesday she will respond to the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry's request for a deadline extension as soon as possible.

Zille established the body in August 2012 to investigate allegations of police inefficiency in the Cape Town township following a series of vigilante killings.

The commission was expected to complete its work next month, but public hearings were put on hold when Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa failed in his attempts to stop it from going ahead.

The premier's spokesperson Zak Mbhele said the premier has to consider the budgetary implications of extending the deadline.

"We don't want to delay the resumption of the commission's activities more than necessary. But we do need to make sure we have the full amount of information to make an informed decision."

Initially R6,5 million was set aside for the commission to complete its work over a six month period.

The Chairperson of the Commission, retired Judge Kate O'Regan has been appointed at the rate of R7,500 per day, but may only be remunerated once the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development has consented to her payment.

If she does not get such consent she will work on a no fee basis.

The second Commissioner, Advocate Vusi Pikoli, will be paid at the rate of R17,500 per day.

This comes to a total of R49,000 for the two commissioners and two evidence leaders.

The commission announced that public hearings would resume towards the end of February.