Khayelitsha residents support findings

Cape Town - Khayelitsha residents marched to the provincial legislature on Thursday to hand over a “symbolic memorandum” in support of findings made by the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry into policing in the area.

Last month, the inquiry provided recommendations to improve safety in the township.

Khayelitsha residents march to the provincial legislature to hand over a memorandum in support of the findings and recommendations made by the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry. Photo: Willem Law. Credit: CAPE TOWN

It was established in 2012 after a complaint to investigate ineffective policing.

On Thursday, the Social Justice Coalition, Treatment Action Campaign, Equal Education and Ndifuna Ukwazi led Khayelitsha residents in a march to the provincial legislature.

Zackie Achmat, of Ndifuna Ukwazi, said they were doing a symbolic memorandum handover to the city and province.

“The commission has shown us problems in the police, its resources and management.

“Harare has the lowest amount of police given its population.

“Areas such as Nyanga, Gugulethu and Bonteheuwel also have the lowest amount of police. It’s the same apartheid pattern continued.”

Achmat said more money should be spent on helping the police and not “fighting the people”.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato and Paul Boughey, the chief of staff in the mayor's office, signed the memorandum outside the provincial legislature on Thursday.

Axolile Notywala, a member of the Social Justice Coalition, said they would ensure that the recommendationswould be implemented.

“Many died because of a poor justice system in Khayelitsha.

“This is not about the ANC or the DA; it is about the people of Khayelitsha and South Africa. It’s about everyone’s safety.”