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Lamoer testifies in Khayelitsha

The WC Police Commissioner doesn’t see a link between mob killings and poor policing.

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

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says he doesn't believe there's a link between vigilante killings and poor policing in Khayelitsha.

The police chief is today testifying at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry, which was set up to probe allegations of police inefficiencies in the township.

Lamoer says he doesn't believe mob justice incidents occur because of a breakdown in relations between communities and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Seventy-eight vigilante murders were recorded in the Khayelitsha area between 2011 and 2012.

But Lamoer insists these were not necessarily a result of poor policing.

He says vigilante killings happen because people want swift justice.