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Khayelitsha detectives 'doing a good job'

The head of detectives at one of Khayelitsha's police stations insists they are doing their best.

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

CAPE TOWN - The head of detectives at one of Khayelitsha's police stations insists his officers have not contributed to the contempt the community feels towards the police.

Barend Swart from the Lingelethu Police Station told the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry that in his 10 years as commander of the station, he has received only three complaints.

The commission of inquiry is investigating allegations of police inefficiency in the area as well as a breakdown in relations between the community and police.

Advocate Ncumisa Mayosi was cross-examined Swart earlier.

"My responsibility is the detectives. From the detectives' side, we're doing a very good job in Khayelitsha."

Mayosi asked Swart if the complaints against the police were unfounded.

"I don't think there are basis from my detectives' side."