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Dry run for Khayelitsha inquiry

Public hearings into the Khayelitsha policing inquiry will start in January.

Officials at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on 12 November 2013. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday held a preliminary sitting to discuss the exchange of documents and important procedural matters.

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

She was under pressure from civil society groups to do something about vigilante killings in Khayelitsha.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa took the matter to the Constitutional Court in a bid to stop the commission.

But the department lost its application.

Attorney Mandy Mudarikwa represents several of the groups.

"We are just hoping to clarify procedural issues so that we don't have any delays going forward."

Public hearings will start in January.