Cops not keen on army in gang-ridden areas

2012-07-11 20:55

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.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-07-11 21:07

    Why not?

  • marleze.baartman - 2012-07-11 21:28

    They will deliberately oppose it because Helen Zille asked for it.But do they have other suggestions or strategies to fight these gangsters who is killing innocent children? No

  • julian.booyens - 2012-07-11 21:30

    Maby some of the cops are corrupt and are involved with the gangs, thats why they dont want the army in there incase they get caught themselves. I hope thats not the case and peace can come to the area

  • mzwa.chilliza - 2012-07-11 21:33

    It shows that the minister just doesn't care about those coloured people from that's people suffering not the gov,the gov just don't care.why?maybe bcos WC is led by the DA?

      Matthew - 2012-07-12 09:17

      whoever thumbed down this is Naieve and ignorant if they think theres any other reason those that CAN do something,havnt (Cough* because they're anc) have not,because this is Zilles political turf

  • nagelja - 2012-07-11 21:52

    Another crazy clown. Bring in the Army, shoot 50, 100 tikkoppe en the war is over, they are anyway going to destoy themselves but you will save the lives of young children, Ooh sorry that do not matter on the Cape flats. Wake up MINISTER of police, wake up !!!!!!!

  • tyroymike3 - 2012-07-11 23:21

    If you do not live in the affected areas , you will have no idea that a state of war has existed for many years and with mass casualties every day . A political man in a suit , with bodyguards and a fancy car will only see what he wants to see - the cancer of gangsterism has now reached the tipping point in CT and if the people themselves do not rise up and make radical changes , it is all over for the ordinary citizen. The politicians do not have the will nor the interest to make any real changes , barring the bland chit chat and hand wringing !! This situation is not going to end well - there may have to be an uprising by the local people to go head to head with the gangsters as the ANC has no motivation to correct the situation - I believe that they have given up all legal hope of ruling the Cape and just could not care. The only solution is for the minister to go and live in the area for a week and see for himself the desperation of the people. There is almost a gang member in every family living in those areas - everybody has been touched by this madness and now seems to be the moment when radical actions become necessary. We need a massive effort by local people that has not been seen in SA since liberation - this IS WAR - even if the minister wants to look the other way !!!

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-12 00:07

    Cops not keen becos they on the gangsters payroll the idiots!!!

  • abram.spamers - 2012-07-12 00:17

    Well nothing he said sounds strictly wrong. It's also good for everyone if he can find a better solution. The only worry I have is that it it might take too long while the damage is happening right now.

  • Billy - 2012-07-12 01:13

    "We also don't want to get [to] the point where it's just talk and no action." you are at that point, deploying the army is action. "The mere presence of [the] army means it's war" there is already war going on there, between the residents and the gangs. the residents need someone on their side. clearly the police have not been and are not equiped to handle the situation. send in the army, let the gangs know that society does not bend over for them. i saw this mthethwa person on tv, chuckling about how stupid zille is to suggest the army be there because of the children, the children could get shot. - excuse me the gangstes are killing them anyway. how much of this related gangster problem is related to freeing prisoners?

  • 1McBird - 2012-07-12 04:14

    Odd?!?!....The SANDF were present to control unruly ANCYL members at Mr Zuma's speech in honour of Madiba but they can't cope with gang warfare that is ruining the lives of so many.BTW, what does the defence force actually do from day to day?

  • rodfor1435 - 2012-07-12 06:57

    Cops are on the gangs payroll..........that is why they do not want the Army involved...............

  • Narwahl - 2012-07-12 07:04

    Just makes you think why dont they want the army to help...gangs payroll????

  • elias.matlaila - 2012-07-12 08:05

    Thank u minister of police for stoping the. Troops it show that u don't care about the innocent children being killed in western cape.i would not be surprise u also on the payroll of the gang

  • damonsb - 2012-07-12 08:21

    Go Go Helen.Police is scared of the army

  • ebrahim.floris.7 - 2012-07-12 10:45

    "The mere presence of [the] army means it's war." Seriously?,Closing your eyes to a problem wont make it disappear!

  • Lourenzo - 2012-07-12 11:45

    Its war of course goddammit

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