Police: Various depts to tackle gang crisis

2012-08-02 09:28
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Cape Town - The national police department has a new plan aimed at gang and drug related violence, it was reported on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Lindelo Mashigo told the Cape Times that the plan was developed by the national joint operational and intelligence structure, with various departments set to play a role.

The SA National Defence Force had not officially been called into areas plagued by these crimes but their services may form a part of the police plan.

"It is not a military intervention. Police will lead the operation and we will only ask for assistance from the defence force as and when we need it," Mashigo told the newspaper.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille last month wrote to President Jacob Zuma asking for troops to be deployed to troubled suburbs, Hanover Park and Lavender Hill.

Zuma responded by saying he would await feedback reports from Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

- SAPA
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