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SJC: Police document delays disadvantage poor communities

The organisation, along with Equal Education and the Nyanga CPF, took the SAPS to court over skewed police resources in poor communities.

Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition has accused Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and police management of being in contempt of court after failing to submit documents.

The organisation, along with Equal Education and the Nyanga CPF, took the SAPS to the Western Cape High Court over skewed police resources in poor communities.

A draft order by the court in September - agreed on by lawyers of both parties - directed that police management file their affidavit by the end of November.

The SJC's Dalli Weyers says the delays further disadvantage poor communities.

"It is a court order that was developed by our lawyers and their lawyers. They have now missed a deadline in that court order and the fact that we're not getting any response from them means that they're pretty much, with every passing day now, increasingly becoming more and more in contempt of court."

The Khayelitsha Commission had suggested that the police's current allocation system be overhauled because it appears to be systematically biased against poor communities.

Police have not been available for comment.

(Edited by Zunaid Ismael)