Khayelitsha residents urged to weed out corrupt cops

Major General Johan Brand admitted they have prosecuted several corrupt policemen in recent months.

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

CAPE TOWN - Khayelitsha's Police Cluster Commander has called on residents to help them weed out corrupt policemen within the force.

On Saturday, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko met with the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF).

During the meeting the KDF brought up the fact that there are corrupt police within the Khayelitsha cluster who need to be dealt with.

Cluster Commander, Major General Johan Brand, admitted they have prosecuted several corrupt policemen in recent months.

Brand says they want to root out the bad apples, but can only do so with the help from the community.

"There is a lot work to be done. We've bad apples in the police service and if the community comes forward with the names of those cops who are not delivering the proper service, then we'll be able to address it as well."

Nhleko heard the concerns of community leaders within the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF) during a public meeting on Saturday.

The KDF wants government to include the community in their plans for safety following the release of commission's report.

The KDF's Ndithini Tyhido said they want the community to be involved in government's plans following the inquiry's recommendations last year.

"These people who are affected by this crime, they themselves be consulted on their own plight."

Nhleko said he will make sure the community receives feedback.

"We'll be engaging all the relevant structures to begin to report back around what work is being effectively done."

Nhleko says there has already been great improvement in policing in the township following the commission's recommendations, which include better oversight of police stations in the area.

The KDF told Minister Nhleko that Khayelitsha is not adequately represented at meetings on a provincial and national level.