Mthethwa, Zille meet on gangs

2013-08-22 21:06
Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Beeld)

Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Beeld)

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

Video

Gang violence in Cape Town

2013-08-21 09:18

Watch this first hand footage of a gang-related shoot out in Manenberg, a township in Cape Town.WATCH

Cape Town - National government, the Western Cape, and the City of Cape Town will join forces to curb gang violence in the province, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday.

Agreement had been reached on a "multi-disciplinary approach" to deal with gang violence in Manenberg and murder and crime spikes in Nyanga and Worcester, he told reporters in Cape Town.

Premier Helen Zille earlier said there was agreement to work together "as broadly as we can".

"But, my belief is that until we get the specialised anti-drug and anti-gang units back and until we can bring the army in as a peacekeeping force when specific drug dealers are released from prison and there is a massive spike in gang violence... unless we can protect communities in those situations it will be an extremely difficult situation."

Several Western Cape schools were forced to shut last week because of fears that more children would be caught in the crossfire between warring drug dealers and gangsters.

Zille has in the past criticised government for refusing to deploy the army to Manenberg, which has been the scene of bloody gang battles.

After speaking to reporters, Zille left for another meeting before Mthethwa and Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille arrived for a media briefing.

Mthethwa said: "There is a meeting of minds particularly at the leadership level that what we are dealing with is something that is deep-seated... socio-economic problems which are affecting all of us."

He said police officers were out and about in Manenberg and had stabilised the situation.

On deployment of the army, Mthethwa said: "There were misgivings from the provincial government... about the soldiers not being around. We said no, the soldiers cannot be their main issue in dealing with crime."

Mthethwa said deploying the army would not address the causes of gangsterism and drug abuse.

"We are looking forward [to working with] particularly local government... let's go to these communities, meet the communities, do our bit to work together," he said.

De Lille said: "There's certainly a meeting of minds at national, provincial, and local government that something drastic has to be done to deal with the scourge of drugs and gangsterism in the City of Cape Town.

"We agree that the approach to deal with gangs and drugs is not just a response of safety and security, but it must be a multi-disciplinary approach including social development, health and other departments within government."

The City of Cape Town and the police ministry would jointly meet with those affected by the violence.

"I'm very hopeful we'll see us going out together to give that hope to the community... to send out a message that we are working together," said De Lille.

"Soon, in consultation with the minister's [Mthethwa's] office, we will be moving into those key hotspots in the Western Cape, especially Cape Town."

Read more on:    nathi mthethwa  |  helen zille  |  cape town  |  gang violence

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

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
34 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
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.