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Harare CPF shares its challenges

The Khayelitsha inquiry heard testimony from the local policing forum in the area.

FILE: Commissioner Kate O'Regan and the police's lawyer Norman Arendse chatting at the Khayelitsha Police Station on 21 January 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Harare Community Policing Forum (CPF) on Wednesday blamed a lack of adequate services for many of the problems in Khayelitsha.

This was heard during testimony at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry in Cape Town.

The hearing was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2012 to investigate police inefficiency in the township.

A lack of public transport is just one of many reasons the forum is struggling to do its job.

CPF Chairperson Ronnie Busakwe told the inquiry about the many hurdles his organisation is faced with in building relations between locals and police.

He says it is difficult trying to give feedback to communities following his meetings with police as the organisation needs reliable transport.

Busakwe adds he often has to ask police to transport him to areas where people are in need.

The chairperson also says there is also no office from which they can work from.

Non-governmental organisations, community members and rape victims have also made submission to the inquiry.