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


How to navigate the bundles

The Bundles contain all the Commission documents that were distributed to parties, except for those that have been removed in accordance with the Notices.

The documents were issued to parties in electronic bundles, numbers 1 to 13.

You can find the document you need by using the search function. Alternatively, you can look in the ‘Index to Bundles’. There are 22 indexes which set out all the documents gathered or received from a particular party. For instance, all the documents collected by the Commission are listed under Index ‘1: Commission of Inquiry Documents’. The documents submitted by the Legal Resource Centre on behalf of the complainants is listed under ‘2. Legal Resource Centre’.

Documents submitted by the South African Police Service (SAPS) are listed under a separate folder, indexes 6, 7, and 8.

Once you have selected an index, you can find your document. It will tell you which Bundle, folder and item number the document was registered as. Once you have this information, you can find the document under the relevant Bundle.

For example, the document below can be found in Bundle 1, Folder 1(a), item no 1.

File E: – Affidavits taken by Commission of Inquiry (Redacted) as at 27 November 2013

No. Initial Date of statement Ref No Page No. Location
1 RV 17.09.2012 12/09/01 Bundle 1:1(a)


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Towards a Safer Khayelitsha - August 2014

Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Police Inefficiency and a Breakdown in Relations between SAPS and the Community of Khayelitsha

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  • Letter to the Premier from the Commissioners
  • Acknowledgements
  • Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Summary
  • Voices of the Commission


  • Chapter 1: Introduction PART One
  • Chapter 2: Understanding the Terms of Reference: A mechanism of accountability and oversight
  • Chapter 3: The Working Methods of the Commission
  • Chapter 4: Understanding the Context of Khayelitsha
  • Chapter 5: Understanding the Institutional Framework and Functioning of the South African Police Service


  • Chapter 6: The Original Individual Complaints
  • Chapter 7: Overview of Inspections in loco and Individual Witnesses in Phase One
  • Chapter 8: Overview of Expert Testimony in Phase One
  • Chapter 9: Overview of Documents and Testimony of Key Government Departments with Responsibility for Khayelitsha
  • Chapter 10: Overview of SAPS Documents
  • Chapter 11: Overview of Testimony Given by Members of SAPS
  • Chapter 12: Overview of the Expert Evidence in Phase Two


  • Chapter 13: Inefficiencies in Policing in Khayelitsha and the Reasons for them
  • Chapter 14: Has there been a Breakdown in Relations between the Community and SAPS in Khayelitsha?


  • Chapter 15: Recommendations



Khayelitsha Commission BACK Cover

Constitutional Court Application

Judgement of the Constitutional Court


Majority Judgment of the Western Cape High Court

Dissenting Judgment of the Western Cape High Court

The Closing argument hearings

Closing Arguments, 29 May 2014 Download