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WC Safety Dept to announce plans for Khayelitsha

Detailed findings of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry were released last month.

FILE: The Inquiry was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2012 after reports emerged of police inefficiency in the township. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Safety Department is expected to announce its implementation plan for recommendations into the findings of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry tomorrow.

Detailed findings of the 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.

The Inquiry was established by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2012 after reports emerged of police inefficiency in the township.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato explains, "The commission made a number of recommendations, task teams to be appointed. I want to reveal the task teams tomorrow, how we're going to implement them and who will be appointed. All the necessary details I will unveil tomorrow."

During the inquiry the commissioners heard testimonies from various witnesses, including Khayelitsha residents.

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.

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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