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Minister pressured to implement Khayelitsha recommendations

SJC & Ndifuna Ukwazi issued an ultimatum to the Police Minister outside Parliament.

Ndifuna Ukwazi’s Zackie Achmat and members outside Parlaiment in Cape Town to voice their concerns regarding the Khayelitsha policing inquiry recommendations which are yet to be implemented a year later. Picture: Ndifuna Ukwazi/Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Two Cape Town NGOs have threatened court action if the Police Minister does not indicate within the next two weeks when the Khayelitsha Commission recommendations will be implemented

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and Ndifuna Ukwazi issued the ultimatum outside Parliament on Wednesday.

The SJC has said the Western Cape government and the South African Police Service have a collaborative role to play in ensuring efficient policing in Khayelitsha.

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

The commission was set up to investigate police inefficiencies in Khayelitsha.

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.

But many of its recommendations have apparently not been implemented.

Ndifuna Ukwazi's Zackie Achmat said Khayelitsha's three police stations remain under resourced, despite recommendations by the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry to improve policing.

"Informal settlement can't be patrolled at the moment because they do not have sufficient police to do so."

Later this month it will be exactly a year since the commission concluded.

"Should we not receive a response from the minister by 26 August, we'll be going to court."

Achmat told journalists outside Parliament the South African Police Service doesn't have a guideline for patrolling and doing visible policing in informal settlements.

Last Month, Achmat said civil society organisations in Khayelitsha are running out of patience.

Achmat said his organisation is also planning to sleep outside Parliament in protest.

KHAYELITSHA BREEDING CRIME

The African National Congress (ANC) leader in the Western Cape Marius Fransman said the slow pace of development in Khayelitsha makes the township a breeding ground for crime.

Fransman visited the families of a rape survivor and her boyfriend who was shot dead while trying to save her.

The incident happened on Friday.

The relative of the rape survivor said she now fears for her life.

She added that the 23-year-old woman is receiving trauma counselling.

During a visit to the young woman's family home on Monday, Fransman wasted no time blaming local government for the lack of development in Khayelitsha, which he believes is contributing to high levels of crime.

"We're saddened by this, it's unacceptable but socio-economic reality is real because poverty breeds crime."

Provincial ANC officials, who visited the family on Monday, described the incident as senseless and cold-blooded.

An arrest has yet to be made.