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'Initiatives in place to make Khayelitsha safer'

Former commission chair Kate O'Regan remains confident the recommendations will eventually be put in place.

Commissioners Kate O'Regan and Vusi Pikoli speaking to Brigadier Dladla in Khayelitsha on 24 January 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Former chair of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry Kate O'Regan said while the body's recommendations appear to have been snubbed by the Police Ministry, there are initiatives in place to help make the township safer.

O'Regan and former National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli, headed the commission which concluded its work more than a year ago.

It was established to probe allegations of police inefficiencies in Khayelitsha.

However most of its findings have either been disputed or denied by the South African Police Service (Saps) and the ministry.

But O'Regan remains confident the recommendations will eventually be put in place.

"Well I am somewhat hopeful because in the last week a task team has been announced by Saps and the province to look seriously at the recommendations. I do know that a lot of work has been done on the ground in Khayelitsha, with a new cluster commander having been appointed," she said.

Meanwhile, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said his department will deal with concerns around crime in Khayelitsha as part of a broader plan and not in isolation.

Speaking on the sidelines of a crime prevention Imbizo in Nyanga yesterday, Nhleko said the Khayelitsha commission's report doesn't raise new issues.

"At a similar set of issues and therefore the impression that arises is, are you going to deal with the issues pertaining to Khayelitsha in an isolated form from the national perspective?"