Khayelitsha inquiry collecting evidence

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry is getting some work done while it waits for the court battle.

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

CAPE TOWN - An evidence leader for the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday said dozens of statements have been collected, expert opinion sought and research compiled since work began in 2012.

However, the commission has yet to hold public hearings because of legal challenges by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The minister believes the inquiry is not necessary.

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

At this stage, it is unclear when public hearings will resume.

Evidence leader Nasreen Bawa said the commission faces a legal challenge in the Constitutional Court in August.

Bawa said in the meantime, the commission is collecting information which forms part of the investigation.

"We've interacted with the City of Cape Town and the provincial department of community safety, both of whom have cooperated and provided us with a huge amount of information."

When she established the commission in August, Zille was under pressure from civil society organisations to do something about the rise in vigilante killings in the area.

However, the problem is continuing.

Several incidents of mob killings have been reported in Khayelitsha since the start of 2013.

Over the weekend, a suspected thief was burnt to death in Makhaza.

At least 80 people were killed by mobs in 2012, 19 of them were from Khayelitsha.