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: 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.

The Commission of Inquiry has now completed 22 days of public hearings at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha. During the course of the hearings, over 63 people have given oral evidence. In addition, the Commission conducted two days of inspection in loco visits in Khayelitsha, as well as conducting an inspection in loco at the Transport Management Centre in Goodwood.

The Commission began to hear the evidence of members of the South African Police Services on Thursday 13 February, and will hear the evidence of approximately 16 more SAPS members, including the Provincial Commissioner of police, General Lamoer. For this reason, the Commission has added an additional 9 days to its Phase One hearings. These dates are:

  • 17, 18 March
  • 24 – 28 March
  • Saturday 29 March has been set aside as a reserve date
  • 31 March
  • 1 April 2014

Phase Two hearings, when the Commission will hear analysis of the findings of the Commission and recommendations from experts in the field, will be held from 12 to 16 May 2014. The Commission will hear closing arguments from legal representatives on the 29th of May 2014.

Full transcripts of all the hearings are available on the Commission’s website.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Dissel
Secretary of the Commission of Inquiry
082 417 1407
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www.khayelitshacommission.org.za