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Khayelitsha report to 'benefit every community'

The Western Cape premier has welcomed the finalisation of the commission's report.

FILE: Commissioners at a sitting ahead of public hearings at the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha on 12 November 2013. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry has made practical recommendations to improve policing in the township.

She has welcomed the finalisation of the commission's report and has thanked all those involved for their hard work.

Zille established the commission in 2012 amid complaints about police inefficiency in Khayelitsha. These were prompted by a spike in vigilante killings.

She says every community will benefit from the commission's report which has highlighted management issues as one of the failings of police working in the township.

The premier says the provincial government will also play its part.

"The commissioners have identified two key tasks for the provincial."

After the official handing over ceremony, members of civil society organisations and activists celebrated by dancing while holding the report in the air.

Factors contributing to police management's failure to address inefficiencies at Khayelitsha's three police stations include weak human resources systems, no strategic management plan and information technology not being used optimally.

Commissioners Kate O'Regan and Vusi Pikoli took more than an hour to summarise their findings during the report's official release this afternoon, while activists, residents and the Western Cape premier listened attentively.

The almost 600-page document makes 20 key recommendations, including a strategic review of detective services by the provincial police commissioner.

It also calls for the urgent redeployment of at least 10 experienced police detectives to the Harare and Site B police stations.

The commission has also recommended police take urgent steps to improve infrastructure at the Lingelethu West Police Station.

The commission has concluded while there is a breakdown in relations between the community and the police, it is not irreparable.