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Cape community safety sets up ombudsman

MEC Dan Plato said it could take three months to set up the police's ombudsman office.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said it could take three months to set up the police's ombudsman office. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN -The police ombudsman office may be set up within the next three months, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said on Tuesday.

This after Premier Helen Zille signed the Community Safety Act into law in April.

The controversial law gives the provincial government greater oversight of the police service and power to determine policing needs.

It also allows for people to lay complaints with the ombudsman.

Plato explains enforcing the act is a long process.

"We must appoint an ombudsman with an office. We must also appoint an advisory council, which we hope will be implemented by the end of September this year."