Khayelitsha policing inquiry to kick off

The Khayelitsha commission will start with public hearings next week.

Commissioners at a sitting ahead of public hearings at the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha on 12 November 2013. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry is set to begin public hearings next week.

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

Phase one of the commission's public sitting will begin on Tuesday next week.

But the commission's secretary Amanda Dissel says the first two days will be spent undertaking inspections.

"The commissioners and the various representatives will be conducting inspections in and around Khayelitsha."

She says expert witnesses will be called to give evidence as the days progress.

"They will give background information in the history and the development of Khayelitsha. We are going to start by leading the evidence of various community complainants."

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

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa tried to have the commission declared unlawful, but his case was dismissed by the Constitutional Court in 2013.