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Achmat testifies in Khayelitsha

Social activist Zackie Achmat is concerned with how gender-based violence cases are handled.

Activist Zackie Achmat. Picture: Facebook.com.

CAPE TOWN - The Khayelitsha police have once again been criticised for failing to do their job effectively.

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry resumed on Monday, with evidence from social activist Zackie Achmat.

The commission was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2012 following a spate of vigilant killings in the township and an alleged breakdown in the relationship between community members and the police.

Achmat did not hold back while testifying about his views on the state of policing in the township.

He told Eyewitness News that some of his colleagues died as a result of gender-based violence and claims police were not thorough with their investigations.

He expressed concern about how police dealt with these cases, particularly criticising Provincial Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer.

"If General Lamoer says that they were properly investigated, I think there's a serious problem in accepting culpability and trying to give immunity to the police."

Proceedings will continue today and will run until 21 February.

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