Mitchells Plain residents want police inquiry

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says the community’s request is being discussed.

FILE: Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says the community’s request is being discussed. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN"

CAPE TOWN - Another Western Cape community has called for a commission of inquiry this time to investigate alleged corrupt police officials.

The provincial Community Safety Department has confirmed it has received a formal request from Mitchells Plain residents who claim police in the area are colluding with gangsters.

Residents hope a commission, similar to the one that has just wrapped up in Khayelitsha, will get to the bottom of what is going on.

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry was tasked with investigating allegations of police inefficiency.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says the request is being discussed.

"It is a costly affair. Looking at the costs of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry, it is not an easy decision but we are looking into the matter."

Several Cape Town communities including Mitchells Plain have been battling gang violence which has claimed many lives.