Khayelitsha: Cases fail due to tardiness

A detective has testified that serious cases are struck off the roll due to tardiness.

A provincial police official testified that detectives were often confronted with huge caseloads. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Senior police officials in Khayelitsha are refusing to take the blame for dockets arriving late, or not arriving at all.

Several cases, including rape and murder, have been struck off the court roll as a result of this tardiness.

A provincial police official on Monday testified at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry that detectives were often confronted with huge caseloads.

Khayelitsha Cluster Detective Coordinator Alma Wiese told the commission that on average, 2,800 new cases are opened in the area every month.

She says even task teams aren't working as efficiently as they should.

"We do experience problems with the provincial task teams. It seems as though the task team doesn't bring dockets to court on time or three days prior. The reason therefore I cannot comment on, because I am not their commander."

The Khayelitsha Commission was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2012 to investigate an alleged breakdown in the relationship between the community and police, alleged police inefficiencies in the township and a spate of mob-justice attacks.

The commission is currently underway in Khayelitsha and is being led by Advocate Vusi Pikoli and Commission chair Judge Kate O'Regan.