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Policing takes centre stage at Khayelitsha workshop

The two-day workshop in Khayelitsha was opened by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille this morning.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in Khayelitsha at the opening of policing needs and priorities workshop on 14 August 2015. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A policing needs and priorities workshop has been tasked with coming up with a safety plan for one of Cape Town's most crime-stricken areas.

It seems like recommendations by the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry are finally being taken seriously.

The two-day workshop in Khayelitsha was opened by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille this morning.

It comes more than a year after the conclusion of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into allegations of police inefficiencies.

The Western Cape government is spearheading a two-day workshop in conjunction with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to try and find ways to make Khayelitsha safer.

This will include strengthening ties between the community and police, curbing alcohol and drug abuse and making public spaces safe.

Zille said National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has agreed to meet with her to discuss the commission's recommendations.

This week, two Cape Town NGOs have threatened court action if the police minister does not indicate within the next two weeks when the Khayelitsha Commission's 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 SAPS have a collaborative role to play in ensuring efficient policing in Khayelitsha.

KHAYELITSHA BREEDING CRIME

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.

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