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: Sixth day of Public hearings (Thursday 30 January 2014)

30 January 2014
The morning began with the evidence of Yoliswa Dwane, the Chairperson of the National Council of Equal Education who spoke about the problem of youth gangs in the community and in schools. Dr Debbie Kaminer spoke about the impact of exposure to violence on children. Dr Harrison also gave evidence on the intergenerational harm caused by poverty and violence and other chronic stress factors.


Press Statement: Fourth & Fifth day of Public hearings (Tuesday & Wednesday 28 January 2014)

29 January 2014
Tuesday morning began with the testimony of Ms Funeka Soldaat, the coordinator of Free Gender, an organisation representing the interests of lesbian and bisexual people in Khayelitsha. She spoke of concerns with the way LB persons are treated by the police, but she also talked of how her organisation is attempting to work with the police in order to improve relations and the way they respond to the concerns of this community.


Press Statement:Second day of Public hearings (Monday 27 January 2014)

27 January 2014

The session started with the testimony of Ms Simelela who was robbed in June 2013 by a group of young men in Khayelitsha. Two young perpetrators were apprehended by her uncle, Mr Simelela and other members of the community in order to try and recover the stolen money from the boys.  


Press Statement: Second day of Public hearings

24 January 2013
The Commission of Inquiry started with the emotional testimony of Ms Noma Khume Bontshi who testified about her nephew Andile, who was killed through vigilante violence. This was followed by the evidence of Mzoxolo Tame, whose cousin Xolisile was killed by members of the community during a robbery.


Press Statement: First day of Public hearings (23 January 2014)

23 January 2013
The Commission of Inquiry commenced with its public hearings on 23 January 2014. It started with an opening address by the two Commissioners, Justice Kate O’Regan and Adv Vusi Pikoli. The Commissioners outlined the statutory and constitutional duty of the Commission. They added:


Press Statement: Inspection in loco and commencement of public sittings

22 January 2014
The Commission of Inquiry has just completed two days of inspections in loco in Khayelitsha. It visited the three police stations in Khayelitsha: Khayelitsha (Site B), Lingelethu West and Harare. It also conducted day and night time visits to several informal settlement areas in Khayelitsha that has been identified as crime hot spots by the police and members of the complainant organisations and other parties. The inspections in loco were attended by the Commission members, legal representatives as well as some members of the complainant organisations and SAPS members. The media were invited to come along as well.