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'Not all Khayelitsha cops incompetent'

The Ipid's WC head says he can't say with certainty that all Khayelitsha police are incompetent.

The Ipid's WC head says he can't say with certainty that all Khayelitsha police are incompetent.

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) says it can't say for sure if all police in Khayelitsha are in fact incompetent.

The police watchdog's acting head in the Western Cape Thabo Leholo was responding to questions while testifying at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday.

The commission was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to probe allegations of police inefficiency in the township and an alleged breakdown in the relationship between community members and the police.

Leholo had to field tough questions about policing in the township.

He confirmed there are 40 pending cases against Khayelitsha police officers, but dismissed notions that officials in the area are dispassionate and lack objectivity.

Some of the allegations are that police are slow and reluctant in dealing with cases involving colleagues.

Leholo told the commission of internal challenges facing the police stations in the township and said the police mandate is to investigate crime, whether or not co-workers are involved.

He says competence cannot be measured on the 40 cases alone and closer analysis is needed.