Commission visits crime hot spots

Commissioners are today inspecting crime hot spots in Khayelitsha.

Commissioner Kate O'Regan and the police's lawyer Norman Arendse at the Khayelitsha Police Station on 21 January 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The commissioners of an inquiry into allegations of police inefficiencies in Khayelitsha have today been shown where incidents of mob justice have taken place in the township.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille established the commission in August 2012 after receiving complaints from non-governmental organisations about a rise in vigilant killings in Khayelitsha.

Commissioners Kate O'Regan and Vusi Pikoli are currently inspecting crime hot spots in Khayelitsha.

Their delegation includes lawyers and the commission of inquiry's two evidence leaders.

Led by a Khayelitsha resident and member of the Social Justice Coalition, known only as Welcome, the delegation went to view the area where a number of vigilante killings have taken place.

The dusty open space near Makhaza is used as a sports field when it is not the scene of deadly acts of mob justice.

On a number of occasions, suspected criminals were brought here and set alight.

The commission will conclude its two-day inspection tour later today.

The commissioners will hear oral submissions on Thursday.