Nhleko commits to implementation of Khayelitsha inquiry

Community leaders say they want to be involved in government’s plans following the crime report.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has committed to working with various structures in Khayelitsha to take the recommendations of the Khayelitsha Commission to ground level.

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.

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.