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WC deputy top cop under fire at inquiry

Sharon Jephta insists she did not lie in a report about policing problems in Khayelitsha.

Sharon Jephta insists she did not lie in a report about policing problems in Khayelitsha. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Deputy Police Commissioner Sharon Jephta insists she did not lie in a report about policing problems in Khayelitsha.

She was testifying at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into police inefficiency in Cape Town on Monday.

Jephta's 2012 report paints a completely different picture than the findings of the complainant organisations at the hearing.

She was visibly agitated when her report on policing in Cape Town was brought up.

The Legal Resource Centre's Nqubisa Magosi told the inquiry the 2012 report depicts the policing situation in Khayelitsha as sound.

Magosi says the document makes no mention of an alleged rift between the community policing forum and police.

The report further contradicts an inspection report compiled by a group of civil rights organisations, the centre argued.

That report found the policing situation in the township to be dire, Magosi says.

Jephta said her report was compiled in conjunction with the station commanders of three police stations and the police's legal services.

The hearing was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to probe a breakdown in relations between community members and police in the area.

A commissioner on Monday also criticised the slow pace at which serious cases are investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).