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‘Cops forget to cordon off crime scenes’

A witness also told the Khayelitsha hearing that junior SAPS members are often left at crime scenes.

FILE: A witness told the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry police often don’t cordoned off crime scenes.

CAPE TOWN - Police often forget the importance of cordoning off crime scenes, a forensic pathologist told the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on Monday.

Kevin Jones from the Forensic Pathology Service made the comments while testifying at the hearing.

He told the inquiry that there have been times only junior officers were sent out to crime scenes.

The commission was set up to investigate allegations of a breakdown in relations between the Khayelitsha community and police.

The inquiry was established following a spike in mob justice incidents in the Cape Town township.

The commission's Amanda Dissel says, "Deputy Director of the Forensic Pathology Service Kevin Jones says that often, by the time forensics arrive on the scene, there's only junior members of the police left there."

Meanwhile, suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi hopes to testify at the inquiry.

This after one of his relatives died in the area recently.

Busiswa Sizaba was found dead in the Harare two weeks ago.

Vavi wants to try and get on the commission's list of witnesses.

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