Khayelitsha crime concerns Mthethwa

The police minister has listed six of the major problems hampering crime fighting in the area.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has told Khayelitsha residents he is concerned about high levels of crime in the area.

Mthethwa addressed community members at a special anti-crime summit on Friday which aims to highlight the challenges and find solutions to effectively address current policing issues in the area.

He listed six of the major problems hampering crime fighting in the area.

These included a lack of streetlights, the inaccessibility of crime hotspot areas and no proper street names and addresses.

During his speech, the minister did not shy away from taking a swipe at political parties who he claimed use issues centred on crime to score cheap political points.

But concerned residents told the minister Khayelitsha officers were useless and themselves involved in criminal activity.

Gangsterism, vigilantism and drugs all emerged as major problems in the township.

Meanwhile, the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry wrapped up its first phase last month

and is due to reconvene later this month.

The commission was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2012 to investigate alleged police inefficiencies, an increase in mob justice attacks and an apparent breakdown in the relationship between community members and the police.