Khayelitsha residents unhappy with police service

Some Khayelitsha residents say the local police station has failed them.

Some Khayelitsha residents say the local police station has failed them. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some Khayelitsha residents have lashed out the service they receive at the local police station saying it is appalling.

Eyewitness News visited the area which has been in the spotlight after the Women's Legal Centre complained that police officers there show apathy and incompetence in dealing with crime.

A commission of inquiry into policing is expected to commence soon.

Khanyisile Magwaza, who lives near the police station, claims officers are rude.

"They are rude. They are disrespectful and they don't care about the community."

Another resident, Unathi Plaatjie says she has been laughed at.

"If you need help you can't go to the police station because the police won't help you. They will just judge you and be rude to you."

Earlier this week, the Constitutional Court ruled against Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa after he tried to prevent the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry from going ahead.

The inquiry was set up by Premier Helen Zille in 2012 following allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

Mthethwa argued the commission had no right to subpoena police but the Constitutional Court disagreed.

The commission will now continue with its work.