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SJC & Equal Education take police minister to court

The NGOs are accusing Nhleko of not taking the recommendations of the Khayelitsha Inquiry seriously.

FILE: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko giving an update on the Nkandla Project during the media briefing at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town on 28 May 2015. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and Equal Education have taken Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko to court.

The NGOs have once again accused the Police Ministry of not taking the recommendations of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry seriously.

The commission was set up to investigate a breakdown in the relationship between the Khayelitsha community and the South African Police Services (Saps).

The SJC said despite a high crime rate, Khayelitsha remains one of the most under resourced policing precincts.

It said Rondebosch has one police officer for every 200 community members, while Khayelitsha has one officer for every 1,700 residents.

On average, a Khayelitsha detective juggles 158 dockets.

The SJC and Equal Education have now filed court papers in an effort to force Nhleko to intervene.