Top advocate represents police at Khayelitsha commission

2014-01-21 12:22

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The police have appointed top advocate Norman Arendse to represent them at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

The commission kicked off proceedings today by inspecting the Khayelitsha Police Station.

Commissioners Kate O’Regan and Advocate Vusi Pikoli, appointed by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to head up the commission, were taken on a tour of the police station’s charge office, its victim support room, crime office and holding cells by the station’s commander.

They were accompanied by Arendse and legal representatives of the Social Justice Coalition, which is the chief complainant in the matter.

They stopped frequently to ask questions of station commander Zithulele Dladla.

Thronged by a mass of journalists, activists and police officials, the commissioners conducted the tour out of earshot of journalists.

This is the first day of the commission’s in loco inspections. It will visit three police stations in Khayelitsha and various locations around the township today and tomorrow.

The commission was appointed by Zille in August 2012 to investigate a breakdown of relations between the community in Khayelitsha and the police.

It was delayed when Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa unsuccessfully challenged its validity in court.

Khayelitsha’s three stations have the highest number of reported murders of any neighbourhood in South Africa. Incidents of mob justice are common in the area.

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