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Khayelitsha: New police station could stretch resources

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry has resumed its investigation of police in the area.

At the commission earlier this year, Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer announced a fourth police station will be built to bolster policing in the greater Khayelitsha area.

CAPE TOWN - A community law expert has warned a new police station in Khayelitsha could stretch already limited resources.

The testimony comes as the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry resumes its probe into allegations of police inefficiency in the area.

The UWC Law Centre's Jean Redpath has warned authorities would be making a mistake if they take resources from Khayelitsha's three existing police stations to fill posts at the new police station.

At the commission earlier this year, Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer announced a fourth police station will be built to bolster policing in the greater Khayelitsha area.

Redpath told the commission police stations here are already highly under resourced.

The researcher has recommended officers be transferred from better resourced police stations like Camps Bay.