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Plato to help implement Khayelitsha inquiry's recommendations

The MEC says the recommendations from the inquiry clearly spell out his deptartment's mandate.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: Gadeeja Abbas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says recommendations from the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry clearly spell out his department's mandate in monitoring the standards of policing in the area.

The MEC today explained how the department will assist provincial police in implementing the commission's recommendations.

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

Plato says 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.

Dozens of alleged criminals have been killed in vigilante attacks in Khayelitsha, mainly because many don't trust police.

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.