Khayelitsha inquiry to resume

The commission heard testimony from victims of crime yesterday.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille set up the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry in August 2012. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry will continue with public hearings this morning after receiving testimony from crime victims yesterday.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille set up the commission in August 2012 after receiving numerous complaints from non-governmental organisations about rampant crime in the township.

The premier was under pressure from non-government organisations to do something about a rise in vigilante killings.

Following a year of legal wrangling between Zille and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, the commission is finally able to hold public hearings.

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

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

Speaking through a translator, Simelela told the commission that the charges against them were eventually withdrawn.

Last week, commissioners Justice Kate O'Regan and Advocate Vusi Pikoli visited three police stations as well as areas affected by vigilante killings, violent crime and gangsterism as part of their inspections in-loco.

Watch EWN's 2012 report below on the spate of mob justice killings which prompted the setting up of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.