Police understaffed and overworked, inquiry hears

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The Commission of Inquiry into Khayelitsha policing has heard just how understaffed and overworked officers are in the township. Picture: AFP PHOTO / PABALLO THEKISO

WESTERN CAPE - The Commission of Inquiry into Khayelitsha policing has heard just how understaffed and overworked officers are in the township.

On average, five police officers deal with about 150 cases of rape every month.

And that's only one of many crimes.

The Commission is investigating claims of police inefficiency after a breakdown in the relationship between residents and local police.

Dr. Genine Josias heads up the Thuthuzela Forensic Centre at the Khayelitsha Hospital.

She said while police face massive caseloads, there were issues of incompetence that can't be ignored.

She said it was unacceptable that 21 young girls were assaulted and raped before police took action.

-eNCA

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