Witnesses testify at Khayelitsha inquiry

Three people who were victims of crime have testified in the hearing.

FILE: Commissioners Kate O'Regan and Vusi Pikoli speaking to Brigadier Dladla in Khayelitsha on 24 January 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on Monday heard testimony from three people who were victims of crime but ended up being arrested themselves.

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

The first witness, Nomamerika Simelela told the hearing she and her boyfriend were mugged in June 2013.

Cash and personal items were stolen.

But when locals attacked the suspected thieves, Simelela, her partner and uncle were the ones arrested.

Speaking through a translator, Simelela told the commission about her ordeal.

"The case was remanded several times and then the charges against us were withdrawn on 22 November."

Last week, the commission inspected three police station and they also visited mob justice hotspots.