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Cosatu: Zille lacks leadership in gang crisis

2012-07-11 14:41

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma must intervene in the Western Cape's gang and drug crisis, the Congress of SA Trade Unions said on Wednesday.

In an open letter, Cosatu's provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich asked President Jacob Zuma to urge Premier Helen Zille to display greater leadership before it was too late.

"There is a clear absence of leadership on this matter of gangs and drugs, and calling for the deployment of the army without a coherent plan is just a populist way to deflect responsibility for resolving the crisis," he said.

"The situation is without doubt dire, as the bodies pile up and people are virtual prisoners in their own homes. The provincial government, the City of Cape Town and the police services have been unable to assist the people of the Cape Flats."

Beyond SAPS control - Zille

He called on Zuma to craft a solution to the crisis.

In a letter to the president on Monday, Zille asked for defence force members to be deployed to Lavender Hill and Hanover Park, which had both seen a "serious spike" in gang-related deaths.

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

"While the SA police service have deployed extra resources to these areas, gang violence has continued unabated. It is clear that the current situation is beyond the capacity of the SAPS to control," she said.

She said the army would restore order and allow police to effectively conduct investigations.

In her letter, Zille said the deployment of the army in gang hotspots over December had resulted in a marked improvement in safety levels.

Comments
  • Allan - 2012-07-11 14:58

    Cheap political ploy to discredit the DA. The police and army are under the direct control of their respective ministers both being from the ANC. Suggest you call your alliance partner to action.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-07-11 15:36

      Another cheap political clutch-at-straws! Gang warfare is the business of the SAP. They must deal with it, not the Province. Ehrenreich is an arch twit! Are you behind this gang violence? I would not be surprised! Vote DA!

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-11 15:40

      F-ING morons..the lot of them. Zille said that the police require help and zuma must approve the mobilization of the army to assist. She was then accused of politicizing the gang-violence. NOT EVEN TWO DAYS LATER, this moron calls on zuma because Zille shows lack of leadership. Who is politicizing the violence now, mr tony?

      Poloyatonki - 2012-07-11 15:54

      Some communities are stupid, why do they allow gangs to exist within them, and the innocent people who get caught in the cross fire, you will find that he/she has a family member or knows someone who is gang member. I blame the communities, they must get up and do something about it.

      procold2 - 2012-07-11 16:12

      cosatu is and always has been out of control

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-11 16:14

      Do what polo? Take out their gun and add MORE violence. It is not the communities responsibility to fight crime head on.

      Marco - 2012-07-11 16:25

      Some communities are stupid, why do they allow polyatonki to exist within them, and the innocent people who get caught in the cross fire, you will find that he/she has a family member or knows someone who is a poephol. I blame the communities, they must get up and do something about it.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-11 17:14

      And what solutions or bright ideas does the smartmouth offer? Absolutely nothing. Just another opportunist trying to score some political points. Cosatu and the ANC are hardly in the position to lecture Helen Zille on leadership

      Poloyatonki - 2012-07-11 18:51

      nrgx.nrg.. They must do whatever it takes, In my township mob justice works like a dream.

      Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-07-11 19:14

      Helen Zille identifies the problem, puts an obvious plan into action and now suddenly the ANC wants to capitalize on her initiative again, wow what a bunch of absolute losers. Loser.loser loseeeeer

      attie.stone.3 - 2012-07-12 07:23

      Spot on Allan....instead of trying to help solve the problem, tony is trying to gain political milage from it; similar to how all of South Africas [too] many problems are being handled. We need a change of attitude.....[ubuntu and all].

  • shane.opperman.1 - 2012-07-11 15:04

    What more must Helen Zille do? She is taking serious action, unlike the ANC government who sit back and watch the senseless killing of farmers, women and children and do NOTHING about it! She has called for the army to step in and now she is accused of politicising! How can anyone link this to politicising? She is obviously deeply concerned about the increasing number of gang related murders and is taking the necessary action. Unfortunately, taking serious and immediate action in situations like these is foreign to the ANC and they therefore do not understand what Helen is trying to accomplish here. They obviously do not see this as an emergency and would rather sit and ridicule and insult the people who are trying to make a difference.

      Alonso - 2012-07-11 15:36

      This idiot TE has no clue how to resolve a crises, I mean he is used to a "collective" discussion in the NEC of the anc that will appoint a task team to report back in 2 years and then wait for the next ANC conference to make it "policy". What a joke he is. Sies man, ons land het jou nie nodig nie, gaan weg, ver weg, jy is irriterend

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-07-11 15:06

    whilst Ehrenreich himself, and the other scumbag WC anc members actually stoke the fighting off-camera!!! \ \wouldn't put it past these criminals at all. There is a clear absence of leadership........ hahahahahah!!! Ehrenreich, you are so pathetically desperate to show the DA up in a bad light, that every issue is "desperate". please hurry up and snuff it?

      Sharon - 2012-07-11 15:31

      i wouldnt be surprised if this ehrenreich and his comrades dont have something to do with this gang violence,the anc WC and their cosatu scumbag allies will do anything to get back into power to try and stop the prosecution of the anc WC leader

  • dane.jenkinson - 2012-07-11 15:07

    Wow, seriously Cosatu!!!!!Did you not see the footage from last night, the only one LACKING leadership is the ANC. http://www.news24.com/Multimedia/South-Africa/Chaos-at-Zuma-lecture-20120711

  • Johan - 2012-07-11 15:08

    I won’t be surprised if Tony or someone close to him is behind the sudden up flare in gang related violence... Lots of political points to score.

  • shane.opperman.1 - 2012-07-11 15:09

    Tony Ehrenreich says that Helen Zille is just shirking her responsibility by calling the army in to assist in dealing with this problem! What does he expect her to do? Must she go in and fight the gangsters herself? Why doesn't he go in and do this if he feels she is not doing her job? What on earth do we have an army force in this country for if we can't call on them in situations like these?

  • Willem - 2012-07-11 15:10

    Cheap politics, is on the order of the day, and the most useless people and organizations has the biggest moths.Cosatu has never in it existence done anything positive in this country. They are experts in cause and that is it. Not really people to listen to. I really hope the ANC give them another bad deal.

  • cj.venter - 2012-07-11 15:13

    cosatu is sounding more and more like the new malema, lol. idiots

  • tobie.bosman - 2012-07-11 15:14

    Tony,you and your ANC buddy's just can't find anything real to concern you with and on top of that you know that there is no way of winning back the western cape fairly.So you come with cheap shots cause you have nothing else. Go look in your own back yard before you throw stones in your little glass house.Do you really think that the western cape people don't realise that you and your buddy's sit behind these service protest in the cape? You are the king of cheap political points

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-07-11 15:22

    Oh F-Off tony!

  • murechen.january - 2012-07-11 15:24

    And what leardership has Zuma shown as president of the country or the ANC? From where will he be drawing examples of his leadership skills?

  • theo.konings.9 - 2012-07-11 15:25

    Tony you such a bitter spiteful little man.Our Helen is twice the " man" you are and a better leader to boot.Siestog.

  • ben.bjergstad - 2012-07-11 15:25

    Helen should start enacting the federal provisions in the national constitution to make the ANC wake up and start listening. A Western Cape with greater autonomy is what will scare these non-doers into action!

  • Freddie - 2012-07-11 15:27

    What a load of nonsense from the ANC's lackeys. Any attempt to portray the DP in a poor light. When and where has Zuma ever shown any leadership??

  • johannes.modise2 - 2012-07-11 15:27

    only CAPE TOWN peopla will able to resolve this crisis.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-11 15:32

    No s**t there's an absence of leadership...isn't Zuma the country's leader? What's he doing about it...nothing as usual.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-11 15:34

    Oh Tony, is'nt this just up your alley. Gloat, Gloat. Let me tell you one thing Mrs. Zille realises that there is a gang related problem, he has taken pride in her hands and asked the ANC for help. Now is that not a good leader who cares about the safety of the people. Its more than your government did in the text book saga, they were so arrogant and turned down the offer of help, now look at the crisis all over. So dont stand there and shout your mouth off, we all know how much integrity you have, you dont have to explain. Mrs. Zille is not arrogant like the rest of the ANC Cadres, she takes pride and should be applauded for that.

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-07-11 15:35

    Another cheap political clutch-at-straws! Gang warfare is the business of the SAP. They must deal with it, not the Province. Ehrenreich is an arch twit! Are you behind this gang violence? I would not be surprised! Vote DA!

  • jake.neumann.35 - 2012-07-11 15:36

    Ehrenreich should not be taken too seriously. He can be compared to piles, more of an irritation than dangerous and can be eaisly removed by a simple operation.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-11 15:37

    Tony. Please listen carefully. Both SAPS as well as the SANDF are national competencies. SAPS could not maintain Law and order and safeguard the people on their own. So the person who is concerned about the situation (Zille) asks for help. So, if the Commander-in-Chief of the Army ( Zuma ) istructs the Army to go and help sort out this mess, it is up to the leadership of both the SAPS and the SANDF to formulate and execute strategies. Having scavenger type politicians standing on the sidelines making noises against those who want the problem solved, does not help in the least.

  • eva.smith.9484 - 2012-07-11 15:40

    I salute Helen Zille. I am a member of our ruling party. Thank you for taking all the effort to do something about the gang voilence. This has been a problem for years before the DA was in charge. Please ANC & DA YOU NEED TO FIGHT THIS BATTLE TOGETHER. Please make us proud as South Africans and not party battles

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-07-11 15:43

    Nice one Tony! Trust Zoom-Zoom to intervene. Tell me when will the next bunch of criminals be released by the same man you trust to resolve the problem.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-07-11 15:49

    Oh look, the town idiot is speaking. Has this idiot got nothing else better to do??? Oh no wait he does'nt because he is ANC. Tony, we know you are still jealous and a sour grape because Hellen Zille kicked your ass in elections. Just crawl back under the rock you came from and let best run provincial party do there work. You need to get your note book out and learn from the DA. If you cant handle the heat TONY then bugger off.

  • jason.marriott.75 - 2012-07-11 15:52

    Gang and poverty problems are no quick fix... cops control to control the issue but its the foundations that need repair. Fact is gang and poverty is a problem in 1st world country's as well. And its lack of attention to the root problems that leads to these issues. Its not just a Western Cape issue is it now its a country wide problem and the fact is why aren't you trying to fix the provinces you have control of.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-07-11 15:56

    Going through comments on this blog I’m just impressed at how narrow minded people are, the real issue of gangs is ignored but rather shower praises at DA, for what? Can you for once stop your DA and ANC circus and address real issues, funny enough most of these people who are thumbing up DA at the end of the day go to their plush suburbs where security is 1st class and can care less what’s happening in Hanover Park, funny enough when it is their kind under attack blame is shifted to ANC. Zille has failed the community, it’s sad to note that even de Lille the one we expected to understand such a situation is too busy to give a damn

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-11 16:30

      She saw a problem and wanted help from Zuma. The DA also saw the crisis in education but the "spear" and December's conference is more important than these crises.

      hudayfah.newman - 2012-07-11 16:59

      What is actually funny is that you're ignoring all the facts and aim only to discredit Zille. It's not that she's ignoring the problem. They have increased the police numbers considerably in these areas, this however has not helped much. This is exactly why she asked for the army. She asked for help and instead of getting help, she gets criticised by the likes of you who clearly do not really care what happens as long as you have a chance to point finger. De lille recently was at the forefront of an anti drug campaign which is a major contributor to these gang wars. I don't really know why I'm replying because at the end of the day you'll just ignore facts and continue with your ant 7ille campaign.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-11 17:17

      And hudayfah, the idiot says Zille failed the community and I start to wonder what Zuma did besides failing the whole country. I wonder if the fool knows that the police and army are under direct control of Jacob Zuma, who set criminals free to add to the country's already high crime rate?

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-11 17:57

      If Zilly can't handle a minor issue such as this. Throw in the towel and call the army in like the good ol' days. Now how is she going to run this country???

      dee.980 - 2012-07-11 23:01

      Lerato & Victor ... are you aware that police and security are a NATIONAL service - not under direct control of provinces? Are you aware that Zille has recently stepped back on W.Cape SAPS issues AT THE REQUEST OF R.Phiyega? And are you aware that those communities asked for non-locally connected army intervention (because there is little trust that local police are not on payrolls of drug / gangsters?) And so a Cosatu twit bleats for cheap political score points like a shoolyard tsotsi, and the buffoon Mthetwa struts around in his sunglasses hugging people and 'saving face' but accepting none OF HIS RESPONSIBILITY nor offering ANY SOLUTION. I have a solution. Let the W.Cape declare independence and / or have direct control over managing the police force - as clearly there is no political will at national level to help a probably non-ANC voting community, but just alot of schoolboy games to score points.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-12 18:42

      Well Zilly, The community is on your side removing this disease. Install better services and Infrastructure or are these areas not DA enough to warrant a better effort. Install Programmes and Facilities for the Youth, This is NOT rocket science. Why give up ??? SO what is the Army to do ...Containment, That's not a Leader of RSA. No you nurture a different future , Now that's what a good leader would do. I suggest admitting failure and asking the Government for help in a Local issue is just NOT good enough..

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-07-11 15:57

    So it's gr8 leadership whn Zuma drags evry weapon with him 2 Limpopo 4 a lecture?

      Sharon - 2012-07-11 16:22

      if he didnt mallemmers boys would have given him a P.K

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-07-11 16:00

    Tony, my boy, grow up! This is such a transparent populistic opportunistic grabbing at a straw to gain some political mileage out of this situation that it makes me cry. This is a problem the SAPS should tackle and clear up, and you should know, being in politics, that the SAPS is a National and not a Provincial competency. So, shout at Zuma and minister of police, it is their problem. Zille has noticed that the SAPS are not up to it and calls for the army to step in - OK, this might be as useless a crowd nowadays, but in the past, and you surely remember this, the army was able to skop gat in the townships. Did they not skop your gat then? Or do you have mates you want to protect from similar experiences?

  • ralph.thornley - 2012-07-11 16:01

    ANC once had the Western Cape and stuffed it up. Now Tony has to find every opportunity to play cheap political games at his political masters' direction.Tony is just a lot of noise.

  • Carpenter - 2012-07-11 16:03

    Slight of hand, while you look 1 way the cANCer can flourish elswhere

  • chris.khanye - 2012-07-11 16:06

    COSATU stop being politic offside - the gang wars in the Cape flats is like gin and tonic and has been there since time memorial and no regional administration has been able to deal with it. It's a national crisis and national government must be seen to be doing more to save innocent life in the Cape flats and townships or whatever you want to call the killing fields.

      Wally Walters - 2012-07-11 16:23

      Tony shame on you WC is the best running province in Africa and who is running it?HELEN ZILLE incapital letters you and your gov share one brain cell if that , shame on you

      Sharon - 2012-07-11 16:24

      poisen the tik that should sort it out

      zmvulane - 2012-07-12 14:25

      ChrisKhanye, true but the reality is that the previous two MEC’s for Community Safety in the Western Cape (Ramatlakane and McKenzie) did a Stirling job in the fight against gangsterim and drug peddling! Their Drug Response Team arrested some of the most ruthless drug peddlers in the Cape Flats. In fact, Ibrahim Rasool himself risked everything to meet some of the drug lords and gangsters to negotiate a peace settlement and lead a gang reform strategy that saw some of these gangsters integrated into the fight against gangsters! I’m yet to hear of Helen Zille being in the places such as Steenberg and Lavender Hill, meeting with the CPFs and reformed gangsters who are very instrumental in the fight against gangsterism!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-07-11 16:32

    yawn! Poor Helen Zille our iron lady you'll try anything and everything to find fault, the elections are in 2014 and you have started knocking her early, if you lot are so bloody good why don't you realize it falls under SAP. Wake up!

      matt.cumming.77 - 2012-07-11 16:41

      ANC runs SAP you idiot. And as with everything they run it doesnt work. You wake up

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-11 18:00

      If Zilly can't handle a minor issue such as this. Throw in the towel and call the army in like the good ol' days. Now how is she going to run this country???

  • matt.cumming.77 - 2012-07-11 16:37

    Ehrenreich loves to live in a dream world. The problem was there when the ANC ran it and the last time the army went in it was reduced...go figure.

  • riette.nothling - 2012-07-11 16:40

    I am laughing so hard now! So, Helen Zille is displaying poor leadership because gang violence are out of control? So what is the ANC government showing taking our country's general violent nature into consideration?

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-11 16:45

    Expect this unethical moron to try and score cheap points from the people's misery. Zille can do NOTHING, moron! SAPS is not governed by her and she did ask Zoomer to help and let the army in. So what else do you want her to do? Despicable heap of fracking dog-doo.

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-07-11 17:01

    Cheap talking this tony chap is singing for his supper, he behaves exactly like Mugabe's ministers trying to score cheap political points, those gang have nothing to do with the leadership of Helen it's police job to control anti-social behaviours in our streets/neighbourhood, the police minister should be the one to prioritize the matter but he's busy with his dodgy dealings at night time.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-11 17:03

    Tony, you want President Zoooma to intervene? Geez comrade, hai man qua! Ha ah man, wena Tony, yoo wena, you are funny my bru. President Zoooma to intervene? LOL, the man cannot control the unruly ANC, mara wena, you want him to intervene where gangs are at war with each other?\r\n\r\nAnd since Zille is not much of a leader, why don't you show me your leadership and get onto a taxi to Lavender Hill and Hanover Park and see if you can go and have a chat with those thugs. I'm sure you and those gangsters will come to an agreement see that you yourself is a (Cosatu) gang member.

  • buzz.bar.16 - 2012-07-11 17:09

    Tony, you are the perfect example as to why working for Cosatu is not good for your mental health.

      richard.tyne - 2012-07-12 02:03

      but very good for his pocket!

  • Karabo Ramookho - 2012-07-11 17:14

    What exactly is the army supposed to do then that the cops can't do? What else is in place to rehabilitate the teens and others involved in gangs? Zuma is ultimately the president of the country and as such he must offer up some solution in the addressing of the matter. As long as the violence affects a certain race and not the other, then there will never be sufficient action taken to reducing this problem. It's the the same in the US.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-11 17:57

      Agree sista, it affects a certain race and that is why no action will be taken to solve the problem. Nathi Mthetwa was quick to visit Gugulethu a few weeks back, but he looks away when it comes to predominately coloured areas. Its just wrong. We are all S.Africans and we should be treated equal regardless our circumstances or race.

  • faan.kruger.9 - 2012-07-11 17:34

    Tony ...please keep quiet. That way we will think you are dumb and stupid. By opening your mouth and saying anything, you prove beyond any reasonable doubt that you are in fact dumb and stupid.....like this argument of yours.

  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-11 17:41

    Is this not the WC Dilly Zilly....sort the issue out or are these Refugees???

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-11 18:43

      Well Zilly, The community is on your side removing this disease. Install better services and Infrastructure or are these areas not DA enough to warrant a better effort. Install Programmes and Facilities for the Youth, This is NOT rocket science. Why give up ??? SO what is the Army to do ...Containment, That's not a Leader of RSA. No you nurture a different future , Now that's what a good leader would do. I suggest admitting failure and asking the Government for help in a Local issue is just NOT good enough..

      richard.tyne - 2012-07-12 02:05

      You smoking the GOOD stuff my bru?

      amelia.basson - 2012-07-12 13:36

      Victor just a little window to peek through for you: As mayor, Zille presided over rapid growth and development in the City of Cape Town. Gross geographic product (GGP) increased by over 12% - from R116.6 billion in 2005 under the ANC, to R130.77 billion in 2007 - two years into her tenure. During this time the official unemployment rate also declined from 20.7% to 17.9%. Under Zille, the city's debt was also cut by nearly R1 billion, which allowed capital for service delivery to be increased by 15%. Crime declined by 90% in the city's CBD over a period of five years, which Zille attributed to collaboration between the police service, metro police and the Cape Town Partnership. Though provincial rather than local government is tasked with housing delivery, Zille claimed that her municipality's efforts to reform housing lists and improve verification processes also allowed housing delivery to be increased from 3000 units per annum under the ANC, to 7000 units per annum between 2006 and 2008 under her administration as mayor. Since then she has done soooooo much more to put Cape Town on the world stage, but that is for another day!

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-12 18:22

      @A.B, Seems the fruits of Labour , the Strawberry Jam if you would is not evenly spread across the slice of Bread. This smacks of what the DA stands for, When the issue is in a predominantly Black area no real effort is made for change as this is not in the DA's best interest. The fact that the towel has been thrown in indicates the ineptness of DA leadership.

  • heinrich.venter.9 - 2012-07-11 18:26

    Gang violence was even worse when the ANC was in charge in the Western Cape so....mmm

  • Herman - 2012-07-11 20:26

    Cosatu lacks Leadership period!

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-11 21:00

    I doubt corruption will have any affects on the gangs, but, let ANC try!

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-07-11 21:22

    And Casatu lacks brains.

  • raul.curado.1 - 2012-07-11 22:39

    Leadership for the gangs? Perhaps Zille is to honest and weak to lead them. They need a a though male to lead them. Tony is right in calling Jacob Zuma. Perhaps he should also try Julius. He knows how to lead thugs!

  • abram.spamers - 2012-07-11 23:57

    @Poloyatonki - I don't exactly have gangs knocking on my door either.. but when a well supported mafia style gang decides to operate in your area it is probably best not to try to tell them to leave unless you have something very similar to an army standing behind you. Its easy to talk about them 'allowing' the gangs to be there until you are placed in the situation yourself.

  • richard.tyne - 2012-07-12 01:57

    Windbag Ehrenriech strikes once more with the well trodden path down the middle of his tongue!!!!! What a Mampara!

  • shawn.swiegers - 2012-07-12 07:15

    What a joke from COSATU! By their own standards it is fair to assume that the ANC lacks leadership since crime on most fronts are not under control in SA.

  • Johnson - 2012-07-12 07:23

    I think it would have been sorted out by now if Zille had the authority over the SAP in the cape. They report to SAP Minister of police and not Zille -

  • sb.prins1 - 2012-07-12 07:41

    This statement I agree with: She said the army would restore order and allow police to effectively conduct investigations. In her letter, Zille said the deployment of the army in gang hotspots over December had resulted in a marked improvement in safety levels. Because clearly the SAPS are overrun and unable to cope, not well trained and lack the proper skills, if the Minister spent more time and resources in empowering our SAPS officers and give them the necessary skills and equipment then it might work and a better and safer SA for all.