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Khayelitsha police under fire

Officers in the Cape Town township have incomplete records regarding domestic violence incidents.

FILE: Khayelitsha police came under fire following a probe into its compliance with the Domestic Violence Act.

CAPE TOWN - Khayelitsha police on Tuesday came under fire following an investigation into its compliance with the Domestic Violence Act.

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry heard officers in the area have incomplete records regarding domestic violence incidents.

The hearing was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to investigate relations between officers and the community.

A senior Wits University researcher says her findings are concerning.

Lisa Vetten says many of the records given to her by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the area are not complete.

She says in some cases, women were severely attacked by their partners.

But police have no records of cases being taken to court.

"Because there's no record, you don't know why the perpetrators were not arrested."

Vetten believes the attitude of officers dealing with such cases is not positive.

She says cases are not taken forward and perpetrators are not charged as a result.