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Khayelitsha has policing inefficiencies: report

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Policing in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, has serious overlapping inefficiencies, according to a report released on Monday.

Advocate Vusi Pikoli and commision chair Judge Kate O'Regan at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into policing in the township. Picture: Cindy Waxa. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

In its report the commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha listed 11 inefficient policing behaviours it identified since its establishment two years ago.

The commissioners, former Constitutional Court justice Kate O'Regan and advocate Vusi Pikoli, presented the 580-page report with recommendations to Western Cape premier Helen Zille and community safety MEC Dan Plato in Khayelitsha.

The inquiry found police did not appear to conduct regular patrols of informal neighbourhoods and answer telephones regularly at the three police stations in the area.

Policing at the stations did not appear to be intelligence-based, largely because personnel did not have sufficient training.

The evidence overwhelmingly suggested the quality of detective work was very poor.

“Many cases are simply not investigated properly or at all. This does not mean that no cases are investigated properly, but the proportion of cases reported to Khayelitsha that result in convictions is tiny, possibly as few as one percent,” the inquiry's handover statement read. - Sapa

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