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Policing commission inspects Khayelitsha facilities

Helen Zille set up the commission in 2012 after complaints from NGOs.

Commissioner Kate O'Regan and the police's lawyer Norman Arendse at the Khayelitsha Police Station on 21 January 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The commission of inquiry tasked with investigating allegations of police inefficiency is inspecting three Khayelitsha police stations today.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille set up the commission in August 2012 after receiving numerous complaints from non-governmental organisations about rampant crime in the township.

Following a year of legal wrangling between Zille and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, the commission is finally able to hold public hearings.

The delegation's first stop was the Khayelitsha Police Station on Bonga Drive.

Commissioners Kate O'Regan and Vusi Pikoli, the commission's two evidence leaders and a handful of lawyers were accompanied by community activists as they inspected the station.

Led by the station commander, the delegation used the opportunity to ask questions about the day-to-day running of the facility.

They will visit the Lingelethu West and Harare Police Stations later today.

The commission will start hearing oral submissions on Thursday.

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