Khayelitsha commission sees ‘steady progress’ in policing

Premier Helen Zille established the commission in 2012 to investigate police inefficiency in the township.

FILE: Khayelitsha Police Station. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government says that steady progress is being made in implementing recommendations of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into policing.

Premier Helen Zille established the commission in 2012 to investigate police inefficiency in the township.

The commission submitted a final report and recommendations to Zille in 2014.

A task team was formed in 2015 to facilitate the implementation of 20 recommendations.

The premier's spokesperson Michael Mpofu says that so far, crucial leadership and management posts have been filled at all police stations in Khayelitsha, bringing a greater level of stability.

Additional resources have reduced case dockets per detective to 65 compared to 100 when the commission was sitting.

Work has also been done to ensure the accreditation and training of neighbourhood watch groups to patrol high-risk areas.

Officials have conducted a survey of community attitudes toward illegal liquor outlets and the findings will soon be published.

Mpofu says that police have also seen a decrease in vigilante killings in Khayelitsha.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)