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Khayelitsha inquiry report delayed

The commission says it needs another four weeks before it hands its final report to Helen Zille.

Commissioner Kate O'Regan and the police's lawyer Norman Arendse chatting at a Khayelitsha police station on 21 January 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A final report detailing the extent of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha was delayed on Thursday.

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry was meant to hand the document to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Friday.

The hearing requested an additional four weeks to complete its work.

A spate of vigilante murders in the township, and a breakdown in relations between police and residents prompted Zille to establish the inquiry, which started work back in January.

The commission says the delay is due to very detailed and voluminous material presented.

Commissioners Judge Kate O'Regan and Vusi Pikoli are still going through an estimated 50,000 pages of information, including hundreds of police dockets.

The final report will detail recommendations on how some of the policing problems can be improved.

The Social Justice Coalition says incidents of mob justice continue in township but the crimes are not recorded properly.

Police records indicate 78 people were killed in vigilante attacks in the area between 2011 and 2012.

The coalition's Joel Bregman said, "It's very difficult to get the sense of the true frequency of it."

He said many people spoke about their lack of faith in the justice system.

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