City monitoring police inquiry

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says the municipality will be as supportive as possible.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Tuesday said it has been closely monitoring proceedings at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

The hearing was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2012 following allegations of police inefficiency in the township.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says the municipality will be as supportive as possible and has provided the commission with extensive information relating mostly to service delivery in the community.

Testimonies continued on Tuesday, with anthropologist Vicki Igglesden claiming Somali shop owners were often victimised by Khayelitsha police.

She says foreign shop owners claim officers abuse them and sometimes damage their property during illegal searches.

Igglesden says authorities must ensure the human rights of foreign nationals living in the city are protected.