Specialised task teams to tackle Khayelitsha violence

Dan Plato today announced how he will implement some of the Khayelitsha inquiry’s recommendations.

FILE: Specialised task teams will deal with vigilante killings and youth gangs in Khayelitsha. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Specialised task teams are being set up to deal with vigilante killings and youth gangs in Khayelitsha.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato today announced how some of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry's recommendations will be implemented.

Plato said efforts to ensure a safer Khayelitsha will be concentrated on some of the biggest problems in the area.

"There will be a task team focusing on youth gangs, a task team focusing on the liquor outlets and a task team that will deal with vigilante killings."

Plato however could not say exactly when these task teams would be able to begin with their work.

He said his department will work closely with the national and provincial South African Police Service to improve services at the three police stations in the community.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille established the commission in 2012 amid complaints about police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

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.