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Khayelitsha commission on track

Despite proceedings running behind schedule, the commission says everything is on track.

Commissioners Kate O'Regan and Vusi Pikoli speaking to Brigadier Dladla in Khayelitsha on 24 January 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry says despite proceedings running behind schedule, everything is on track.

The commission's first phase concludes in two weeks' time and so far more than42 witnesses have testified at public hearings.

The commission was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to investigate an alleged rift between the Khayelitsha community and police.

Allegations of police sloppiness were in the spotlight at the commission this week.

Kevin Jones from the Forensic Pathology Service told the commission crime scenes are often inadequately protected against contamination.

Another forensic expert Professor Shabbir Wadee testified some officers did not have sufficient training around forensic investigation and therefore did not understand their role in this regard.

Thabo Leholo from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate in the Western Cape defended police on Wednesday, saying their competence cannot be measured just based on the 40 cases made against them.

Once concluded, the commission will make recommendations for improvement in Khayelitsha to the Western Cape government.