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Khayelitsha commission must cast wider net

The Social Justice Coalition is trying to raise awareness on policing problems in Khayelitsha.

The Social Justice Coalition is trying to raise awareness on policing problems in Khayelitsha.

KHAYELITSHA - There were renewed calls on Saturday for the Western Cape Premier to broaden the terms of reference of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

A civil society organisation on Saturday led a march through the township in the hopes of raising awareness on the issue.

The commission of inquiry was established in August to investigate allegations of inefficient policing in the area.

The Social Justice Coalition wants the commission to broaden its focus and said the commission must also look at the Metro Police and other units which are under the city’s safety and security directorate.

The coalition’s Gavin Silber said, “The purpose of this commission is to determine why the people in Khayelitsha are so unsafe and in order to do that properly we have to a proper sense of all the role players involved.

“SAPS are not the only player responsible for safety.”

Some civil society organisations were relentless in their campaign for a commission of inquiry to be established.

Many Khayelitsha residents have blamed the rise of incidents of mob justice on a break-down in the relationship between communities and police.