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Khayelitsha commission to iron out issues

The commission was created in August 2012 to investigate allegations of police inefficiency.

Three suspected robbers were stoned to death in Khayelitsha on 20 October 2013. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry will hold a preliminary sitting on Wednesday to iron out procedural issues.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille established the commission in August 2012 to investigate allegations of police inefficiency in the township.

The premier was under pressure from non-governmental organisations to do something about the rise in vigilante killings in the area.

But public hearings were delayed because of attempts by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to have the commission declared invalid.

The commission's secretary Amanda Dissel says police have yet to hand over all the documents they have requested.

"We need to receive it quite soon so that all the evidence leaders and the parties for the other side can peruse the documents in time for the public hearings next year. We're hoping to receive them by the middle of this month."

Meanwhile, the exact nature of mob justice will be interrogated when the commission of inquiry kicks off.

Last month, Dissel said that while individual incidents of mob justice will not be investigated, the commission will examine why the incidents erupt and possible police involvement.