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Absenteeism blamed for poor policing

A very bleak picture has been painted about the state of policing in Khayelitsha.

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

CAPE TOWN - High absenteeism rates among police officers are to blame for the poor state of policing, the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry heard on Monday.

The commission was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to probe allegations of police inefficiency in the township.

A very bleak picture has been painted about the state of policing in one of the country's largest township.

Retired assistant commissioner Glen Schooling told the hearing about several issues which he believes is having a negative impact on policing in the area.

He says the high rate of absenteeism among officers reduces the number of members patrolling the streets.

Schooling says there are already very few officers for the size of the population in Khayelitsha.

He says there is one policeman for more than 900 people.

High absenteeism does very little to improve the state of policing in Khayelitsha, Schooling added.