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'Khayelitsha inquiry needs to go ahead'

An NGO says the policing inquiry should go ahead following another vigilante attack.

Protesters highlight the ongoing cases on mob justice in Khayelitsha on Mandela Day. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition on Wednesday said the Police Ministry must stop trying to derail a commission of inquiry into policing problems in Khayelitsha.

The ministry went to courts to try and stop the commission from proceeding with its work. It argued such an inquiry was unnecessary.

The commission was set up following a rash of vigilante killings in Khayelitsha in 2012. Over 10 people lost their lives during mob justice in the area.

The latest mob justice incident in the township occurred on Tuesday.

A 26-year-old man was beaten to death and set alight by community members after he was accused of stealing.

The coalition's Axolile Notywala said, "I wish the minister [Nathi Mthethwa] and [National Police Commissioner Riah] Phiyega would come to their senses and stop trying to oppose the commission of inquiry. They wasted a lot of taxpayers money in the high court and now they are going to the Constitutional Court."

Mthethwa took the matter to court and lost his application to halt the inquiry from going ahead.

However, in February he filed an application to appeal the Western Cape High Court judgment.