Nhleko: Khayelitsha leaders must speak up

The Khayelitsha Development Forum consists of community leaders from different sectors in the area.

Police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko in Khayelitsha on 12 September 2015 to meet with community leaders. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has questioned the lack of representation of community leaders in Khayelitsha on a national level.

Today the minister met with the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF), along with acting provincial police commissioner in the Western Cape Major General Thembisile Patekile.

The KDF consists of community leaders from different sectors in the area.

During today's meeting the KDF told Minister Nhleko that Khayelitsha is not adequately represented at meetings on a provincial and national level.

Nhleko says it is up to the KDF to ensure their voices are heard at public meetings.

"What is worrying me is that they have not been coming through at public level for instance, in so far as their leadership role."

Nhleko has given the forum a proposal of how to improve their status at public meetings.