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‘SAPS, WC govt responsible for policing in Khayelitsha’

The SJC says both the SAPS & local govt have a role to play in ensuring efficient policing.

FILE. Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has blamed the national police commissioner and police minister for the delay in implementing the recommendations of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) has said the Western Cape government and the South African Police Service (SAPS) have a collaborative role to play in ensuring efficient policing in Khayelitsha.

This comes after Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Friday blamed National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko for the delay in implementing the recommendations of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

"And when we require then the recommendations of the legitimate and legal constitutional commission to be followed up, as the constitution requires, and that does not happen, it's not bickering from our side. It's requiring the constitution to be respected and implemented, according to the law."

Zille established the body in 2012 to probe the breakdown in relations between the SAPS and the Khayelitsha community.

The commission released its report in August last year, which spelled out what had to be done to improve policing in the area.

The SJC's Axolile Notywala has warned against playing the blame game.

"We don't want this to be blame game between the national commissioner and the City of Cape Town. This should be a collaborative attempt to try and address these issues."