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'Khayelitsha still faces many challenges'

A senior official wept at the Khayelitsha commission as she recounted violent rape incidents.

A senior Khayelitsha police official says the township still faces many challenges. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A senior Khayelitsha police official says the township still faces many challenges.

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry will conclude soon, with Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer's testimony expected next week.

Head of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, Colonel Sonja Harri, cried while recounting some of the violent rape cases she's had to deal with.

She has described the job as extremely demanding.

"All of us in the unit have high stress levels. There is no getting away from it. It's not like it's your cellphone that's been taken. It's people's emotions that we work with, its children's futures that we have to take into consideration."

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

On Wednesday the commission heard incompetency could be the cause of a massive backlog in criminal case dockets in Khayelitsha.

Khayelitsha detectives each have an average of 180 cases to deal with every month.

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