Task team to tackle Khayelitsha Commission recommendations on policing

2015-08-24 17:13


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Cape Town - A joint task team is set to meet in the next two weeks to work through the recommendations of a Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha and suggest plans to put them into action.

A joint statement by the offices of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Police Ministerr Nathi Nhleko, released on Monday, said the team would begin by drafting clear terms of reference and engaging on the concerns from both sides.

The task team would report directly to the premier and national commissioner on a regular basis.

Zille appointed a commission of inquiry in August 2012, following a multitude of complaints about policing and vigilantism.

The 500-page report concluded that there were serious inefficiencies in policing in the area and a breakdown of trust between the community and police.

Zille met members of the police management team on Monday to discuss setting up the team, which would comprise five representatives each from the Western Cape government and the police.

Both the Western Cape government and the police made it clear that the commission’s recommendations were being taken seriously and remain a priority.

"We hope that through the task team, critical matters are ironed out speedily and will lead to implementation without any further delays," the statement said.

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