'Khayelitsha issues exaggerated'

The Khayelitsha Commission into police inefficiency will wrap up phase one today.

The Khayelitsha Commission wraps up phase one today. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - One of the deputy police commissioners in the Western Cape says policing problems in Khayelitsha are being exaggerated.

Major General Sharon Jephta has been testifying at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

The commission was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2012 to investigate an alleged breakdown in the relationship between the Khayelitsha community and police and alleged police inefficiencies in the township.

Jephta says the policing problem in Khayelitsha is not as big as it's made out to be.

"I can't agree that the police in Khayelitsha are inefficient or that there is a breakdown in community police relations."

But these are key issues that lead to the establishment of the commission.

Jephta's comments follow testimony by community members at the commission about how police have failed them.

The commission wraps up phase one today with submissions from Provincial Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer.