Zille defends Khayelitsha inquiry

The multimillion rand commission was debated in the Provincial Legislature yesterday.

FILE: Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in Khayelitsha at the opening of policing needs and priorities workshop on 14 August 2015. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has once again had to defend the establishment of the multimillion rand Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

The commission and its recommendations were debated in the Provincial Legislature on Thursday.

Zille ordered the commission to probe allegations of police inefficiencies in Khayelitsha.

It cost provincial government R14 million.

The premier came under attack in the Western Cape legislature.

But she fought off critics who accused of her using the commission to undermine the police.

"I've never attacked the policeā€¦" responded Zille to a member of the house who accused her of attacking the police.

She maintains her only intention was to make Khayelitsha safer by getting the South African Police Service to do effective policing.

The premier has accused National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega of either denying or redirecting the commission's recommendations.