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By unknown | 2007-11-01 00:00:00.0

Waghied Misbach

Waghied Misbach

Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi and senior colleagues faced tough questions from MPs yesterday over "huge contradictions" in the police service's report on its performance in dealing with domestic violence cases involving women and children.

MPs said though the police had presented a relatively glowing report on the manner in which officers dealt with domestic violence, the police watchdog unit, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), had presented an almost completely different picture.

The ICD presented its report last week to the parliamentary oversight committee on safety and security. Yesterday it was the turn of the police, who were represented by Selebi and senior officials.

ANC MP Annelize van Wyk expressed concern at the differences in the two reports.

"There are huge contradictions between the ICD's report and the police's report," said Van Wyk.

She suggested that the police come back after the committee had looked at both reports.

IFP MP Velaphi Ndlovu agreed with Van Wyk.

"How do we know who to believe and who is telling the truth?" Ndlovu asked.

He said the ICD was saying "something totally different".

The DA's Dianne Kohler- Barnard also weighed in with criticism of the crime-fighting agencies. She said the ICD had revealed that 60percent of police stations were not complying with the law.

Makhotso Sotyu, the committee's chairman, ruled that MPs would first have to discuss both reports and then call in the police and the ICD officials for a joint briefing.