Khayelitsha residents call for efficient policing

Fears are growing that vigilante killings in the area are again spiralling out of control.

FILE: Fears are growing that vigilante killings in Khayelitsha are again spiralling out of control.

CAPE TOWN - Khayelitsha residents living in Site C are adamant vigilante murders will continue if allegations of police inefficiency are not addressed properly.

According to a community leader, a suspected 19-year-old thief became the latest statistic on Sunday night when he was attacked by an angry mob.

Nyandeni Street in Site C, Khayelitsha, is where at least two of nine vigilante killings took place this month alone.

Residents living in the area say they've taken it upon themselves to root out criminals, who they say are making their lives difficult.

While some blame police, other people have fingered the justice department for failing them, saying more often than not, criminals are set free without spending any time in jail.

Community activist Bongile Zanazo also claims several emails to the Provincial Community Safety Department have gone unanswered.

Meanwhile, the Social Justice Coalition says it fears vigilante killings in Khayelitsha are once again spiralling out of control.

The organisation's Phumeza Mlungwana says "I think we have police issues in Khayelitsha that make it hard to combat crime or try to promote safety with the resources that they have. Let us try to make sure that they do that. Let us try to make sure that we always give instructions that attempt to promote safety and work with the police."


In March, the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry claimed the police's human resources approach is "out of touch with reality."

Former Constitutional Court justice and commission chairperson Kate O'Regan responded by saying the police's human resource system was "out of touch with reality".

She said some Khayelitsha detectives had as many as 180 dockets, including rape and murder cases.

Earlier this month Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said a fourth police station would be opened in the area.

He also revealed a new special task team was established to deal with backlogs with dockets.