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Task team to tackle Khayelitsha policing issues

Reps from the WC govt & police have been tasked with tackling stumbling blocks to effective policing.

FILE: 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 - Representatives from the Western Cape government and the police service have been tasked with tackling stumbling blocks to effective policing in Khayelitsha.

They have decided to set up a joint task team to work through the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry's recommendations, a year after a report was released on the state of policing in the Cape Town township.

Premier Helen Zille had recently accused National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega of blocking the implementation of many of the commission's recommendations.

But Phiyega said the commission didn't highlight anything new.

Michael Mpofu, of the premier's office, says a joint task team will deal with the concerns and findings.

"Once they've terms of reference they can engage and iron out key issues with the intention of implementing them quite urgently."

The commission and its recommendations were debated in the Provincial Legislature last week.

Zille ordered the commission to probe allegations of police inefficiencies in Khayelitsha.

She maintains her only intention was to make Khayelitsha safer by getting the South African Police Service to do effective policing.

It cost provincial government R14 million.

ZILLE ACCUSED OF CARING MORE ABOUT BABOONS THAN PEOPLE

At the same time, the ANC in the Western Cape has accused Zille of caring more for baboons than for the people of Khayelitsha.

MPL Pat Lekker questioned a R10 million budget allocation for baboon management.

She told the provincial legislature the money could have been spent on improving infrastructure in Khayelitsha.

Lekker has accused the premier of trying to mislead the Khayelitsha community by establishing the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry to get people to think she cares about them.

But Zille hit back, saying she had to act after more than 78 people were killed in mob attacks between 2011 and 2012.

The premier also claims the City of Cape Town's budget for informal settlements is four times more than those of ANC ruled municipalities.