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'Khayelitsha police stations swamped'

More than 2,800 new cases are opened at Khayelitsha's three police stations every month.

More than 2,800 new cases are opened at Khayelitsha's three police stations every month.

CAPE TOWN - More than 2,800 new criminal cases are opened at Khayelitsha's three police stations every month.

A senior police official testifying at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry said this was one of the reasons dockets often went missing or arrived late at court.

Khayelitsha cluster detective Commander Alma Wiese said they were investigating a case of murder after a suspected rapist was killed by community members when his case was thrown out.

The commission of inquiry, set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, is investigating allegations of police inefficiencies, a breakdown in the relationship between police and the community and the scourge of vigilante killings in the township.

Wiese blamed the task team set up to investigate vigilante killings for some case dockets arriving late at court.

Wiese told the commission there had been instances where a docket in possession of the task team did not show up at court on time.

She also commented on a recent vigilante killing case, saying the deceased was a known criminal in the area but denied that his case was struck off the court role because of "sloppy police work."

Wiese says even though the task team had helped ease the workload, police officers in Khayelitsha still had a lot to deal with.

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