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Khayelitsha residents reject inquiry’s recommendations

Residents claim the findings of the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry do not reflect their sentiments.

Hundreds of residents gathered at Khayelitsha Stadium for an imbizo with police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some Khayelitsha residents have rejected recommendations by an inquiring into police efficiency in the area.

During an imbizo with Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, residents have claimed the findings of the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry do not reflect their sentiments and they were not adequately consulted.

They have called on local government to improve infrastructure in a bid to assist police.

#PoliceImbizo Khayelitsha community leader Ndithini Thyido: there is a relationship between the community, police. pic.twitter.com/OrAqSra4R2

#PoliceImbizo crowds erupt in struggle songs as Marius Fransman takes to the stage. NM pic.twitter.com/os6B5hPF28

Policing in Khayelitsha has come under the spotlight again during an imbizo hosted at a local sports stadium.

Scores of residents have raised their concern over the slow roll out of infrastructure which they say has had an negative impact on policing.

They have pointed to a lack of street lights and roads in some parts of the community as contributors to crime.

Some locals have also objected to the way in which the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry was conducted, saying their views were not be reflected.

Despite this, residents say they are committed to working with law enforcement to fight a crime in the area.