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SJC challenging WC police resource allocation system

SJC is demanding Premier Helen Zille implement the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations.

Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) says police management has failed to review what it calls skewed human resource allocation despite an order by the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

To mark the second anniversary of the release of the commission's report, the SJC led a march to the provincial legislature.

It's demanding Premier Helen Zille implement the commission's recommendations particularly dealing with gangs and school safety.

The organisation - supported by the Nyanga CPF - is also taking Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to court for failure to carry out directives.

Rondebosch has one police officer for every 200 residents while Khayelitsha has one officer for 1,700 people.

These are some of the figures the SJC is using in its court challenge of the police's resource allocation system.

SJC general secretary Phumeza Mlungwana says the current South African Police Service (Saps) policy disadvantages poor communities.

"It should be revised and a new system of allocated resources should be established. But it can't be done without consultation, so whatever system we are going to use in the future, it must make sure there's space for public engagement."

The Khayelitsha commission had suggested the system be overhauled because it appears to be systematically biased against poor black communities.

Saps management is opposing the court application.