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‘Rape kit dumping officers redeployed’

The Khayelitsha inquiry heard three officers implicated in the saga were redeployed.

The Khayelitsha inquiry heard three officers implicated in the saga were redeployed. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Three officers implicated in the 2011 dumping of sexual assault evidence collection (SAEC) kits in Delft have been redeployed.

This was heard during testimony by the head of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on Thursday.

The kits had come from the Simelela Centre in Khayelitsha, a help centre for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

The inquiry was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to probe allegations of police inefficiency in the Cape Town township.

This after a breakdown in relations between police and Khayelitsha residents resulted in a number of vigilante killings in the area.

Western Cape FCS Head Sonja Harri says things have improved in Khayelitsha.

But in 2010, the unit was the worst performing in the province.

Harri cried during her testimony, admitting police have in some cases failed rape survivors, especially those who cannot fight back when being violated.

The first phase of an inquiry is drawing to a close with many senior officials presenting their accounts of the situation.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer is expected to testify at the commission next week.