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Khayelitsha: Court dockets late or missing

A court official had to answer tough questions about dockets either arriving late or not at all.

The Khayelitsha Commission was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2012 to investigate alleged police inefficiency in the township. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Khayelitsha court official had to answer tough questions about dockets arriving late at court or sometimes not arriving at all.

Dhanabalan Pillay was testifying at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on Thursday.

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

It will wrap up its first phase today.

Pillay, who is responsible for the dockets at the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court, was grilled by the Western Cape Community Safety Department's JC Gerber.

He said, "I was supplied with a court roll and then it just stopped".

Gerber asked, "Do you know why it was stopped?"

Pillay responded, "It was an issue about paper and time".

KHAYELITSHA DETECTIVE COMPETENCY

The head of detectives at the Site B police station in Khayelitsha on Wednesday testified the 60 detectives under him were adequate and qualified, despite heavy workloads.

Colonel Johan Marais said it was unfair for Khayelitsha to be compared to the Cape Town City Centre.

He said the situation in Khayelitsha was much worse.

"I cannot see how a station like Khayelitsha can be compared to Cape Town Central. Although Cape Town Central receives 2,500 dockets a month, the type of dockets they investigate are shoplifting, theft from motor vehicles, common robbery and maybe one murder in three months."