South Africa 26.3.2014 03:29 pm

Khayelitsha cops satisfactory – officer

The pair had been charged with stock theft.
Photo: Supplied

The pair had been charged with stock theft. Photo: Supplied

Western Cape police top brass are expected to testify over next few days as phase one of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into policing draws to a close.

Commission hearings resumed on Wednesday with testimony from some senior police members including Colonel Deon Vermeulen who is responsible for performance management.

Vermeulen told the commission that performance at Khayelitsha’s three police stations had been deemed satisfactory.

He gave commissioners statistics on the performance of the three police stations.

“They actually increased their performance… to 60 percent,” Vermeulen said of the Khayelitsha police station.

A table shown to the commission showed the station was placed sixth in terms of performance when compared to other stations headed by a brigadier.

The efficiency rate at the station went from 43 percent in the 2007/2008 financial year to 60 percent the following year.

The rate went down to 54 percent in 2009/10 and back up to 65 percent the next year. By 2012/13 it stood at 60 percent.

The zigzagging figures were questioned by commission chairwoman Judge Kate O’Regan.

“It just seems odd that stations are moving around so dramatically,” O’Regan said.

Vermeulen said a number of factors could be responsible for this, including that a different tool for measuring performance was used a few years ago.

“The one year crime goes down, the next year it goes up,” he said, offering another explanation.

Vermeulen joins a number of other officers who have testified in phase one of the commission’s hearings so far.

Those attending the commission are now bracing for the testimony of the province’s most senior officers.

According to the commission schedule, Colonel Sonja Harri, provincial head of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit would testify on Thursday.

The commission had previously heard startling evidence of the prevalence of rape and sexual assault in Khayelitsha.

The province’s head of detective services, David Molo, will also take to the stand and would likely be grilled on the poor conviction rate for serious crimes in the Khayelitsha area.

Western Cape crime intelligence head Peter Jacobs is expected to be sworn in as a witness on Friday.

The testimony of provincial commissioner Arno Lamoer has been set down for Tuesday next week.

The commission was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille after complaints of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

The move was met with resistance by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa who went as far as the Constitutional Court to block the commission.

Mthethwa lost his court bid in October last year.

 

Sapa

 

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