'Crime stats not a reflection of police performance'

Former ConCourt Judge, Kate O’Regan, addressed a workshop on poverty and inequality at Maties.

FILE: Commissioners Kate O'Regan and Vusi Pikoli speaking to Brigadier Dladla in Khayelitsha on 24 January 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Crime statistics are not a correct reflection of the police's performance, according to former Constitutional Court Judge, Kate O'Regan.

She addressed a workshop on poverty and inequality at Stellenbosch University's Institute for Advanced Studies yesterday.

O'Regan along with former National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli presided over the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into policing in the township.

She says fighting crime in Khayelitsha is difficult considering the crippling shortage and poor training of officers.

"One of the key findings was that the police to population ratio, that means the number of police deployed in Khayelitsha, are very low compared to the crime rates and the complexity of policing in an area like that."