Cops call for Khayelitsha police summit

2014-05-29 21:36
Police (Picture: Sapa)

Police (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • Police
    A 'behind the scenes' look at how the emergency services work. Now R310.00
    buy now
Cape Town - Western Cape police conceded shortcomings in policing in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, and have committed to a summit to address them, a commission of inquiry heard on Thursday.

"There are police shortcomings that must be remedied by the police," Norman Arendse, for the SA Police Service, told the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

Making his final submissions to the commission, Arendse said provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer would have to take the lead in addressing the policing problems in the area.

"The provincial commissioner will have to arrange a summit here in Khayelitsha for the police and those role-players involved in this commission of inquiry," Arendse said.

"The agenda must be the shortcomings identified in the commission of inquiry that have remained unattended."

Mob justice killings

Arendse said there had already been sincere attempts to fix policing problems in the sprawling Cape Town township.

Earlier, counsel for NGO the Social Justice Commission (SJC) asked the commission to find that policing was inefficient and that this had led to a breakdown of trust by residents.

It was also argued that this breakdown of trust was a contributory factor to the spate of mob justice killings in the area.

The SJC recommended a task team be set up.

"The complainants recommend that as a matter of urgency or priority that a task team must be formed by SAPS to formulate a strategy to deal with vigilantism... focusing on the prevention of these incidents," Legal Resource Centre (LRC) lawyer Ncumisa Mayosi said.

Breakdown of trust

Mayosi said police should classify mob justice attacks as a separate category of crime.

The institutional culture in the police service needed improvement, as the attitude of officers led to a breakdown of trust between SAPS and residents.

"The commission must find the SAPS units operating in Khayelitsha is not responsive to the community," said Mayosi.

"They [police] treat them [residents] with disrespect. They treat them discourteously. They treat them with contempt."

Mayosi's colleague Pete Hathorn told the commission the spate of vigilante violence in Khayelitsha was proof that residents did not trust the police.

"If one looks at the extent of the vigilante violence... that doesn't occur where policing is taking place effectively," Hathorn said.

"It's clear from the pattern of evidence... that people in Khayelitsha do not feel confident that if they take a thief to police that it will be dealt with effectively."

Hathorn was referring to scores of witnesses, including activists and ordinary Khayelitsha residents, who testified in the inquiry.
- SAPA
Read more on:    police  |  cape town  |  crime
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Music

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Store / Warehouse Manager

Cape Town Southern Suburbs
Your Move Personnel
R25 000 - R30 000 Per Month

Senior SQL Developer

Cape Town
Datafin Recruitment

CFO

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town Finance
R600 000 - R800 000 Per Year

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The quest for understanding has reached a new intense emotional level. The more tempestuous your emotions are, the bigger the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.