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'Inadequate resources in Khayelitsha'

The Harare CPF has listed problems that prevent it from doing its job effectively.

THe Harare Community Policing Forum Khayelitsha has listed problems that prevent it from doing its job effectively. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Harare Community Policing Forum (CPF) in Khayelitsha has listed problems preventing it from doing its job effectively.

CPF officials testified at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday.

The CPF has been harshly criticised over the last two weeks into allegations of police inefficiency.

A human rights group has accused them of not being independent from the South African Police Service.

But Harare CPF chairperson Ronnie Busakwe says they deal with many challenges, including a lack of resources as it tries to build relations between locals and the police.

"When we speak to the people we tell them we're the link between the community and the police."

The commission was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille following a spate of vigilante attacks in 2012 and is set to run until 21 February.

Meanwhile, the commission on Wednesday raised concerns about non-operational CCTV cameras in crime hotspots in the area.

Officials from the City of Cape Town's transport management centre testified about the number of cameras which were strategically placed in Khayelitsha at the commission on Tuesday.