Cops not keen on army in gang-ridden areas

2012-07-11 20:55
Nathi Mthethwa. (Beeld)

Nathi Mthethwa. (Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa will visit gang-ridden communities in Cape Town on Wednesday, his spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said.

"He will visit Lavender Hill and Hanover Park to get firsthand feedback from them on gangs... and also to find solutions," he said.

"The police alone cannot fight crime. For us, it's better sometimes to get direct feedback. We also don't want to get [to] the point where it's just talk and no action."

The minister would be accompanied by provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer.

At least 23 people, including seven children, have died in the area as a result of gang violence in recent months.

Premier Helen Zille wrote a letter to President Jacob Zuma on Monday to ask for the army to be deployed to Lavender Hill and Hanover Park.

Mthethwa and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula were sent copies of the letter.

Mnisi said a long-term strategy was needed and the deployment of troops could not be a so-called "golden bullet".

"The mere presence of [the] army means it's war. Let's rather capacitate the police. If it's about the resources, it can be treated."

He said a decision on army deployment would require much discussion and interaction among the relevant parties.

Western Cape police were expected to comment on the visit later on Wednesday.

Read more on:    police  |  helen zille  |  nathi mthethwa  |  cape town  |  gang violence
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
17 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
SA road trips you’ll never forget

Fill the tank and head for the open road to see our beautiful country at your own pace.

/News
 

Must see: The world’s most expensive timepiece

At $40 million this is the most expensive watch in the world.

 
 

Luxury living

Ridiculous demands people with too much money make
8 of the priciest places to dock your yacht
Habits of the world’s richest people
The rich dogs of Instagram
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may upset the apple cart today which can leave you feeling a bit out of balance. Blame it on the new Moon as there is a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.