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Khayelitsha inquiry heads to ConCourt

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa will file papers in the ConCourt regarding the Khayelitsha inquiry.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa is turning to the Constitutional Court after his attempt to interdict the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry was dismissed.

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

The minister is opposing the commission because Mthethwa wants to set up his own internal inquiry.

His lawyers on Friday filed papers in the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal a Western Cape High Court judgment on the issue.

In January, two of the three high court judges hearing the case, dismissed Mthethwa's application.

The minister's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi says, "In our appeal, we'll also be raising issues about policing powers and the relationship between various components, for example, the provincial departments and the national commissioner."

The Social Justice Coalition's Axolile Notywala is disappointed.

"After spending so much money on the first court case, wasting taxpayers' money, now there's going to be another court case."

The non-governmental organisation (NGO) has long been advocating for an independent commission of inquiry.

Zille set up the hearing following pleas from NGOs in the area.

They were concerned about the increase in vigilante killings in the area.

Over 20 people were killed in mobs during 2012.

Residents claim they have lost faith in the police.