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Khayelitsha Inquiry: Protesters demand implementation of findings

The almost 600-page document makes 20 key recommendations, including a strategic review of detective services.

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 - A small group of protesters outside the Western Cape Legislature are demanding the implementation of the findings of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

The probe investigated allegations of police inefficiency and a breakdown in relations between community and police in Khayelitsha.

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

Capetonians and activists marched through the streets of Cape Town today to put pressure on the Western Cape government to implement recommendations coming out of the inquiry.

Protesters held up banners which read: "City, province, police, play your part" and "safety and justice for all".

The group is handing over a memorandum of demands to government officials.

The findings of the Khayelitsha inquiry were released last month.

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

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.

The commissioners heard testimonies from various witnesses, including Khayelitsha residents.

Top South African Police Service officials also testified and explained that resources were strained and officers stationed in the township were overburdened.

Commissioners interrogated over 500 police dockets, statements from around 50 experts and more than 200 affidavits from community members who made submissions.

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