Issues of peace, stability in Khayelitsha ‘unnecessarily politicised’

The minister says issues of crime not unique to Khayelitsha have deliberately been used as political tactics.

FILE. An activist carry a placard he protests against policing in Khayelitsha. Picture: Ndifuna Ukwazi Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says issues of peace and stability in Khayelitsha have been unnecessarily politicised.

Speaking at a policing Imbizo in the community on Saturday, Nhleko said issues of crime, not unique to Khayelitsha, have deliberately been used as a political tactic to divide the community.

The minister said his department has reviewed the Khayelitsha Commission's findings and resolved to focus on issues of resource allocation and vigilantism.

But he urged the Khayelitsha community to work with police in a bid to root out crime.

"In this regards it's the continued interaction between the police and community members."

At the same time, some community organisations have accused the Democratic Alliance-run City of Cape Town of deliberately blowing the issue of crime out of proportion.

The Khayelitsha Development Forum's Ndithini Tyhido says, "It's just a disgrace that anyone would take peoples' strife and use it for political point scoring."

Some residents say the slow roll out of infrastructure has had a negative impact on policing.