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'Rampant cop alcoholism in Khayelitsha'

More damning testimony was heard at the inquiry on police inefficiency.

FILE: The commission heard that lack of accountability and alcoholism run rampant at the station. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday heard more damning testimony about officers in the area.

Head of detectives at the Site B police station Colonel Johan Marais says uncompetitiveness, lack of accountability and even alcoholism, run rampant.

The hearing was established in 2012 by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille following complaints of a breakdown in relations between locals and Khayelitsha police.

Marais on Wednesday said he was handpicked to lead the unit in January 2012 as it was in a state of crisis.

He says of a staff compliment of 68 detectives, many of them were incompetent.

Others seemed to have a problem with alcohol, he added.

Marais, whose work experience includes training with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), echoed Khayelitsha Station Commander Zithulele Dladla's sentiments that absenteeism is a huge problem.

He says over the past three years, the situation has improved.

But Marais says many challenges remain at the station.