Calls for Mitchells Plain inquiry

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato will soon meet with the premier to discuss the issue.

Gangsterism and drugs in Mitchells Plain have prompted residents to call for a commission of inquiry. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Department of Community Safety on Monday said it will be meeting with Premier Helen Zille to discuss the possibility of establishing a commission of inquiry in Mitchells Plain.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says the suggestion was made by concerned residents, who've called for an investigation into the drug and gang problems in the area.

In 2012, Zille set up the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry to probe police inefficiency in the township.

Plato says many residents have also voiced distrust in some police officers in the area.

"They believe they can't put their complaints and issues in front of SAPS because they complain today and tomorrow, they get a visit from gangsters and the messages get carried over.

"They are of the opinion that a commission of inquiry will deal with this in a very appropriate manner."