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Zille accused of using Khayelitsha Inquiry to 'secure votes'

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille was criticised during a feedback session in the township earlier today.

FILE: Zille once again had to defend why it was necessary to establish the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has been accused of using the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry as a platform to electioneer for the upcoming local government elections.

#Khayelitsha Premier Helen Zille addressing Khayelitsha community a year after commission of inquiry's conclusion. SS pic.twitter.com/wqwdl6zSIX

Zille was criticised during a feedback session in the township earlier today.

It's been a year since the commission finalised a list of recommendations to help improve policing in Khayelitsha.

But very few of those suggestions have been implemented.

Zille once again had to defend why it was necessary to establish the commission.

The probe found there was a breakdown in the relationship between the community and police which is believed to have led to a spate of vigilante mob killings.

Today Khayelitsha community members accused Zille of using the opportunity to win votes.

"I'm listening to your views and I'm not using this as a political platform," Zille said. She adds safety is their ultimate goal and they will not accept any undermining of the commission.

#Khayelitsha Zille says 15 CCTV cameras installed in township, only area that has more cameras is Cape Town city centre. SS

The Premier told community members a task team has been established to find a ways to implement the commission's recommendations.

Yesterday, dozens of disgruntled residents gathered at Keizersgracht Street in Cape Town ahead of a planned march to Parliament.

The protest was against the police ministry's apparent failure to implement recommendations by the commission a year ago.

WATCH: March in Cape Town; protesters demand #Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry's recommendations be taken seriously pic.twitter.com/zagLc5ZDuv

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