Khayelitsha: Not all street cameras work

The commission found only 10 out of the 16 CCTV cameras in Khayelitsha are in working condition.

Commissioners at a sitting ahead of public hearings at the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

The commission is probing alleged police inefficiencies in the township and an alleged breakdown in the relationship between community members and the police.

The commission's Amanda Dissel says the purpose of an inspection carried out on cameras on Monday was to get an idea if authorities are able to effectively monitor crime hot spots.

"There we were shown how the CCTV cameras monitor various locations in Khayelitsha and the process by which, when a crime has been identified, it's communicated to the police liaison office."


On Monday, a forensic pathologist told the commission police often forget the importance of cordoning off crime scenes.

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

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."