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Khayelitsha to get new police station

Arno Lamoer on Tuesday made the revelation at an inquiry on police inefficiency in the area.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A fourth police station will be opened in the Khayelitsha area, Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said on Tuesday.

He made the revelation during the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on police inefficiency in the Cape Town township.

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

Speaking at the inquiry on Tuesday, the top cop said the new station will be built during the 2014/2015 financial year.

Lamoer said the station will be built at the Makhaza informal settlement.

He says that area is in desperate need of a station.

The commissioner believes the new facility will assist the three existing ones in reducing crime in the area.

DOCKET TASK TEAM

The Western Cape police chief also revealed a new special task team was established to deal with backlogs with dockets.

He says detectives are overburdened with backlogs of up to 180 dockets.

During earlier testimony, the commission on several occasions heard that due to heavy caseloads, detectives failed to get dockets to court on time.

This often resulted in serious cases being struck off the role.

Lamoer also told the inquiry police don't always react fast enough but says this doesn't mean there is police inefficiency in the area.

He admitted police have failed the community in some cases.

During Monday's session, Western Cape Deputy Police Commissioner Sharon Japhta came under fire.

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