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Khayelitsha: Justice group speaks out

The Social Justice Coalition says it is excluded from community meetings with police.

The Social Justice Coalition told the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry it is excluded from community meetings with police. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition on Tuesday told the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry it is excluded from community meetings with police.

The civil society organisation has been instrumental in helping to establish the commission following a spate of vigilante killings in Khayelitsha in 2012.

The Social Justice Coalition's Joe Bregman testified the organisation was excluded from community meetings with police and had not been able to express concern about the state of policing in Khayelitsha.

Bregman also shared the grievances of his colleague Zackie Achmat who on Monday testified about the police's inability to keep family members who had lost a loved one due to gender-based violence up to date about court proceedings.

The commission set up by Premier Helen Zille in 2012 is investigating an alleged breakdown in the relationship between the community and police, among other things.