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Incompetency led to backlog in Khayelitsha

A police official says incompetency may be behind a massive backlog with dockets.

On average a Khayelitsha detective has 180 cases to deal with each month. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Western Cape police official says incompetency could be the cause of a massive backlog in criminal case dockets in Khayelitsha.

On average a Khayelitsha detective has 180 cases to deal with each month.

But one senior South African Police Service (SAPS) member believes detectives have themselves to blame for the backlog.

Brigadier Leon Rabie, who deals with police staffing, testified at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on Tuesday.

The commission was set up in 2012 by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to investigate alleged police inefficiencies in the township.

Meanwhile, the Khayelitsha Commission on Tuesday proclaimed that the police's human resources approach was out of touch with reality.