Zille: Police Commissioner rejected Khayelitsha recommendations

A commission was established to investigate allegations of police inefficiency in the area.

FILE: An activist carries a placard he protests against policing in Khayelitsha. Picture: Ndifuna Ukwazi Facebook page

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says most of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry's 20 recommendations have not been implemented almost a year after its release because of resistance from South African Police Service (Saps) at national level.

Zille says the minister of police has also not responded to the report's findings.

The commission was established to investigate allegations of police inefficiency in the Cape Town township and a breakdown in relations between the Saps and the community.

Zille says she received a classified document from National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega in June this year.

She says the response was by and large a rejection of the validity of the commission's recommendations.

"In some instances it was more amenable, but in most instances it still reflected the police's fundamental rejection of our having established the commission in the first place."

Zille says province needs police cooperation.

"We don't have the power to implement unilaterally."

The premier says a Memorandum of Agreement between the Community Safety Department and Saps was drafted in October last year, but has not been signed.

Phiyega also points out that the City of Cape Town has a duty to ensure an enabling policing environment in townships and informal settlements, adding that a failure to enforce by laws, descent sanitation and street lighting make it practically impossible to conduct normal policing in these areas.

She says the commission highlighted what police management already knew and is dealing with. She wrote that the exercise negatively impacted and further diminished the public's perception of the police.

She adds the SAPS holds the view that the commission of inquiry was not necessary since the Commissioner had already undertaken to address the issues raised by the premier.