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'Khayelitsha cops are homophobic'

The Khayelitsha Commission has heard evidence of alleged incidents of homophobia by the police.

The Khayelitsha Commission has heard evidence of alleged incidents of homophobia by the police.

CAPE TOWN - The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry has heard evidence of alleged incidents of homophobia in the police service.

The commission, which was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2012, was established to look into widespread claims of police inefficiency in the township and a breakdown in the relationship between police and the community.

Yesterday a Khayelitsha resident from an organisation advocating the rights of lesbian women testified about alleged incidents of homophobic behaviour by some police officers.

Funeka Soldaat described how over the years, she and others were mocked and disrespected when they went to report crimes.

"A lot of things have happened; one of them is when I was raped. Because of the police, my case was never even taken."

But she says since 2011, attitudes appear to be changing for the better.

"When we approached the deputy minister of police in 2011, we gave him around four cases to look at and then we started the forum with the SAPS to deal with some of the issues with police."

Watch EWN's 2012 report below on the spate of mob justice killings which prompted the setting up of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.