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Khayelitsha policing under fire

Crime expert Chris de Kock told the inquiry officers are arresting suspects by chance.

FILE: Crime expert Chris de Kock told the inquiry officers are arresting suspects by chance. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A crime expert on Tuesday told the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry police have not been leading intelligence-driven policing in the Cape Town township.

The hearing, set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, is looking into allegations of police inefficiency and a breakdown in relations with community members.

Crime expert Chris de Kock is the former head of the police's Crime Information and Analysis Centre and issued a report on policing in the area.

He found crime intelligence is not at the level it's meant to be in the township, saying officers simply patrol and by chance, they arrest suspects.

Another crime expert earlier testified that community policing forums (CPFs) are paramount and must be prioritised.

The commission previously heard a suggestion to do away with CPFs.

But the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum's Sean Tait disagreed.

"I think they are an integral part of how we have decided to proceed with policing. Communities are made up of many different interest groups and stakeholders. How else do we engage, how else do we build consensus?"

In a possible first for South Africa, a formal study into the link between alcohol and crime will be conducted in Khayelitsha.

Liquor Board Chief Executive Officer Liquor Thys Giliomee says there has never been a formal South African study to determine any correlation.