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Khayelitsha Inquiry: Police HR ‘out of touch’

The comments were made by commission chairperson and former ConCourt justice Kate O'Regan.

Commissioners Kate O'Regan and Vusi Pikoli speaking to Brigadier Dladla in Khayelitsha on 24 January 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The police's human resources approach is out of touch with reality, the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry proclaimed on Tuesday.

The hearing was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to investigate claims of police inefficiency in the Cape Town township, and a breakdown in relations between community members and officers.

The inquiry on Tuesday heard the Western Cape has one of the lowest number of police officers in the country.

Leon Rabie is assisting police in addressing staffing requirements.

He told the hearing officials are working to get the Western Cape on par with Gauteng and other provinces.

"In an ideal world, one detective would be dealing with four murder cases."

Former Constitutional Court justice and commission chairperson Kate O'Regan responded by saying the police's human resource system is "out of touch with reality."

She says some Khayelitsha detectives have as many as 180 dockets, including rape and murder cases.

Rabie says the Western Cape is getting more than 60 percent of new police recruits in 2014.

However, they first need to undergo two years of training.

The commission also heard vigilante murders peaked when controversial community figure Andile Lili chaired a local community policing forum in the area in 2010.