Police failed to probe alleged brutality

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry heard the 70-year-old woman died after officers opened fire.

FILE: The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry heard that officers showed no compassion to an elderly woman.

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) on Wednesday admitted officers may not have properly investigated a key matter involving alleged police brutality in Khayelitsha.

Ipid acting head in the Western Cape Thabo Leholo was testifying at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

The case referred to by Leholo involved a 70-year-old victim who was mistakenly shot by police in 2010.

The commission was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to investigate claims of a breakdown in relations between the Khayelitsha community and police.

Leholo was in the hot seat on Wednesday as the commission aimed to get to the bottom of the alleged rift.

He answered questions pertaining to a case the commission says was one of the key matters that resulted in its establishment.

Leholo acknowledged police may have neglected to thoroughly investigate a case.

The elderly woman was shot when police opened fire into a crowd, while chasing alleged car hijackers.

The commission charges the victim, who subsequently died and could not testify today, was treated with a lack of compassion and humanity by Khayelitsha policemen.