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Khayelitsha: Rife police absenteeism

Station commander Zithulele Dladla has told the inquiry as many as 214 people took sick leave in one month.

Station commander Zithulele Dladla has told the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry as many as 214 people took sick leave in one month.

CAPE TOWN - Rampant absenteeism at the Khayelitsha police station may be hampering crime-fighting efforts in the area.

Station commander Brigadier Zithulele Dladla told the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry, which is investigating alleged police inefficiencies in the township, that as many as 214 people including police officers, took sick leave in one month.

But he says the situation has since improved.

"If you look at the people who are working shifts, it's the majority of the people who are always booked off sick. But we are monitoring and improving on it."

The commission was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2012 to investigate police inefficiencies, an alleged breakdown in the relationship between police and the community and an increase in vigilante killings in the township.

The commission is headed by chair Judge Kate O'Regan and Advocate Vusi Pikoli.