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Khayelitsha inquiry gets new evidence

A task team report has been handed to the commission probing police effectiveness in Khayelitsha.

Commissioners at a sitting ahead of public hearings at the commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha on 12 November 2013. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A report compiled by a police task team has been admitted as evidence in the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

This emerged during a preliminary sitting of the commission on Wednesday to discuss, among other things, time frames.

The commission, established to investigate alleged police effectiveness in the township, was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in August last year.

The commission's evidence leader, Nazreen Bawa, says the report is now crucial evidence.

"The report was compiled by General Tshabalala, who is a member of the South African Police Service (SAPS). It's an SAPS investigation which highlights breakdowns and inefficiencies within operations in the Khayelitsha police service."

In response to the premier's move, police management initiated its own investigation into the situation in the Cape Town township.

But when Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa went to court to try and have it declared invalid, the Constitutional Court eventually found the minister's lawyers failed to prove Zille misconstrued her powers when she established the commission.

The commission has also vowed to investigate the root cause of vigilante attacks.