ANC accuses Zille of playing the 'blame game'

2015-08-10 20:19
Helen Zille (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Helen Zille (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Cape Town - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is playing the “blame game” with regards to a report on policing in Khayelitsha, says the ANC in the province.

This after Zille said on Friday that the Khayelitsha Commission's list of recommendations on policing in the province had not yet been implemented as a result of national government.

“This is once again Zille’s classic politics of deflection and blame shifting to 'national government' when her own provincial government and MEC for Community Safety (Dan Plato) fails to deliver to the people of the Western Cape,” said Western Cape ANC secretary Faiez Jacobs.

On Friday, Zille decided to make public National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's interim response to the recommendations.

“Because we have not yet had a reply from the minister, let alone a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with SAPS, the majority of the Inquiry recommendations cannot be implemented,” said Zille at the time.

She appointed the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha in August 2012, to hear the community's views on policing and vigilantism. About 100 witnesses testified before retired Judge Kate O'Regan and former prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli.

The 500-page report, Towards a Safer Khayelitsha, found serious inefficiencies in policing in the area and a breakdown of trust between the community and police.

But according to Zille, Phiyega said in her interim response that many of the recommendations were already in place and found that problems such as poor lighting and infrastructure were the province's responsibility.

Jacobs felt the commission was a “massive waste” of taxpayers' money, adding that there are other institutions that could have investigated policing problems, such as the national and provincial secretariats for policing and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

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