Khayelitsha commission heads to ConCourt

A tiff over the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry will be heard in the Constitutional Court next month.

A tiff over the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry will be heard in the Constitutional Court next month.

CAPE TOWN - A spat over the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry is set to go the Constitutional Court next month, nearly a year to the day from when it was established.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille set up the commission to investigate allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha following a spate of mob-justice incidents.

But Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has tried to stop the commission from going ahead.

The minister is challenging the premier's decision to set up the commission.

Earlier this year Mthethwa lost his bid in the Western Cape High Court to halt the commission altogether.

Since its establishment in August last year, the body has been collecting statements from residents in Khayelitsha and gathering evidence from experts.

Nasreen Bawa is heading the process.

She said, "We're effectively doing some research."

Bawa said even if the Constitutional Court does not rule in their favour, their work will not be in vain.

"We would happily hand this information over to the provincial or national authorities."

The matter will be heard in the highest court in the land next month.