Khayelitsha cops doing well - witness

2014-02-19 22:22
Khayelitsha (File)

Khayelitsha (File) (Shutterstock)

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

kalahari.com

  • Cape Town
    The story told in these pages is both immensely readable and endlessly interesting, and is sure to... Now R399.00
    buy now

Cape Town - Detective work in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, is going well given the resources at hand, the station's detective unit head said on Wednesday.

"I think we're doing very well. I think if everybody puts in what he can put in, to his full potential, no one can fault you on that," Site B Khayelitsha's head of detectives Colonel Johan Marais told the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into alleged police inefficiency in the area.

"Yes, we do make mistakes. You can only do so much with what you have."

The station had a wish list for more vehicles, personnel and experts.

Marais said he was not a politician but wanted to draw a vision of policing from the newspapers.

He compared the tripartite alliance of the African National Congress, the Congress of SA Trade Unions and the SA Communist Party, with the SA Police Service, the National Prosecuting Authority and the correctional services department.

"If we could work like that, without the split that is there now, we would have a much better criminal justice system and maybe the public would understand us better, and get more joy out of it [the system]."

Marais was asked what he thought of the performance charts within stations, which tracked a detective's cases at court, conviction rate, detection rate, court-ready cases, case number integrity and absenteeism.

"Personally, I think nothing of the performance chart because it only measures about 10% of what the person does in a day," he said.

Marais said the chart did not measure the amount of time detectives spent in the high court, the number of identification parades held and attended, the number of times witnesses had been fetched and the time spent at imbizos and meetings after hours.

"Is there any recognition in the performance chart of the burden you're carrying?" asked retired Constitutional Court judge Kate O'Regan.

Marais said there was not.

The inquiry heard that two detectives on standby duty, from a Thursday to a Sunday, often had to attend, secure and process an average of seven murder scenes.

He gave an example of a certain weekend where the detectives had to rush from a scene to two other scenes after hearing gunshots, all in the space of five blocks that were inaccessible by car.

Each scene took an average of three to four hours to process.

"I know what was put into those crime scenes," Marais said.

The inquiry - headed by O'Regan, and advocate Vusi Pikoli - was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille after residents lodged complaints about police inefficiency, which was the apparent cause of a spate of mob justice killings in the area.

- SAPA

Read more on:    saps  |  cape town
NEXT ON NEWS24X

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
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

Zuma: Pray for peaceful polls

President Jacob Zuma has asked members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God to pray for peaceful elections on 7 May.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Grabouw - 11:32 AM
    Road name: N2 Eastbound
    DELAYS between Sir Lowrys Pass and Grabouw
  • Friday Cape Town - 10:14 AM
    Road name: M3 Inbound
    EVENT - left lane closed between Rhodes Avenue and UCT
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! 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

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

Keep it together Text. Email. Social. With all the different ways to...

From R1399.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Self-indulgence may be strong today. You may want to enjoy yourself to the fullest and share it with those that make you feel...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.