Khayelitsha Inquiry: WC community safety to announce plans

The inquiry was established to examine a breakdown in relations between police and residents.

The inquiry was established to examine a breakdown in relations between police and residents.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Safety Department will today announce how it will implement some of the recommendations made by the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

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.

It was established to investigate a breakdown in relations between police and Khayelitsha residents.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says this initiative requires concerted efforts from community and police.

"There are issues with regard to the relationship between police and community and issues with regard to how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of policing. It's a case I think how we going to go about it and we going to need the public to help us."

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

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.