Towards a Safer Khayelitsha

The Report of the Commission of Inquiry
into Allegations of Police Inefficiency and
a Breakdown in Relations between SAPS
and the Community in Khayelitsha
Click here to view the Final Report August 2014

All the documents that formed part of the Commission’s deliberations are now on the website under the ‘Bundles’ menu.

Inspection in Loco Conducted on 21 and 22 January 2014

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Press Statement: Presentation of findings of the Commission of Inquiry

20 August 2014

Commissioners, Justice Catherine O’Regan and Adv Vusi Pikoli will present their findings on the Commission of Inquiry to the Premier of the Western Cape, The Honourable Helen Zille, at a public event to be held on 25 August 2014.


Press Statement: Presentation of findings of the Commission of Inquiry

8 August 2014

Press Statement: Presentation of findings of the Commission of Inquiry
The Premier of the Western Cape has granted an extension to the Commission to 29 August 2014 for the submission of its final report.


Press Statement: Final legal argument

28 May 2014

The Commission of Inquiry is entering its final phase. The Commission has received and perused thousands of documents from the South African Police Service, including around 500 police dockets. It has also received submissions and documents from the City of Cape Town, the Department of Community Services and other role players. It has received over 200 affidavits from members of the community and people affected by policing in Khayelitsha. It has received over 50 expert reports on a range of topics.


Press Statement: Phase Two Public Hearings

8 May 2014

The Commission of Inquiry will hold the hearings for phase two of its proceedings at Lookout Hill next week from 12 to 16 May 2014.  The hearing will commence at 9h00 each morning and run till approximately 17h30. During the week, the Commission will hear evidence from more than 20 experts on a range of topics identified by the Commission in Notice 17.


Press Statement: Resumption of Public hearings

13 March 2014

Public Hearings of the Commission of Inquiry will resume on 17 March 2014 at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha, and will continue until the 1st of April. (No hearings will be held on 19 – 21 March).  During this period, the Commission will continue to hear the evidence of police officials from Khayelitsha as well as more senior officials from the Province. A copy of the Hearing Plan for the 9 days is attached.


Press Statement: Public hearings (Friday 21 February 2014)

21 February 2014

During this week, the Commission continued to her the evidence from members of the South African Police Service (SAPS). On Monday, the Commission heard from Lt-Colonel Swart, head of detectives at Lingelethu West. This was followed by the evidence of Brigadier Zithulele Moses Dladla, the Station Commander of Khayelitsha Police Station, and his head of detectives, Col Marais. On Thursday Captain Pillay gave evidence. He was formerly the Detective Court Case Officer at Khayelitsha Magistrates’ Court. Evidence was also given by Mr Bongani Siko, Chairperson of the Khayelitsha Community Police Forum, and Mr Bubele Kabeja and Mr Ndithini Tyhido from the Khayelitsha Development Forum. On Friday morning, Mr Justin Du Toit from Mthenthe Research and Consultancy Services reported on their study of community perceptions of crime and policing in Khayelitsha. The week ended with the evidence of Colonel Andrew Tobias, former head of detectives at Harare.