Police: Various depts to tackle gang crisis

2012-08-02 09:28

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.

  • Matthew - 2012-08-02 09:45

    Ahhh FFS.COMMON NOW!!! Seriously?!?!?! The SAPS have done nothing.And will do nothing. Send in the damn army and let them do what they came here to do.Protect the people and kill the gnagsters.Stop interfering just to try look like you're doing something.You have failed this province. Now step back!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-08-02 10:53

      The ANC plan is to first strategise, then to balls up implementation and then restrategise - and to then repeat the cycle - all while increasing taxes to "reward" the new elites for their excellence in strategising . . . while the country and its people are dying . . .

      dee.980 - 2012-08-02 18:41

      Actually - I think this is just a 'face saver' for Nati Mtetwa, and the army will be deployed before in ANC time in W.cape, and as recently as Dec. However - the gang unit of police should be restored, and until then, I'm almost sympathetic to Pagad.

  • raath - 2012-08-02 09:55

    Oh please man! The police can't lead the way out of a wet paper bag!

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-02 10:04

    What plans??? To get off the drug lords and gang leaders payrolls? Tell us what those plans are. You the SAPF failed the people of the Cape Flats. Many are in coerce with the gangsters and drug lords, your members even speak and act like gangsters. They have no pride, they are just useless and by deploying the army to assist them says it all.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-08-02 11:03

      We are also seeing the good resources being pulled out of functional stations to support the Flats units making life very hard in other areas.

  • el.torro.509 - 2012-08-02 10:04

    Can we stop getting our panties in a twist. Firstly the army are not their to kill the gangsters, they are a deterrent to keep them from shooting up the streets, the gangsters are not stupid enough to take on the military. Secondly it was always the intention that the army work with the police, freeing up resources to allow them to focus on investigations. Lastly this is now a prime opportunity for the community to rat out tha bad apples let's see if they take it.

      Matthew - 2012-08-03 09:00

      Fair enough. Rat them out then the army should "take them out" =/ otherwise as soon as the SANDF goes,its back to "normal"

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-08-02 10:08

    Since when did they come up with a working plan? They just dont want to expose their incompetence by letting in the army. All they are competent in is corruption and fraud.

      dee.980 - 2012-08-02 18:42

      Gold medalists ... well... gold diggers in that field! :))

  • Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-02 10:10

    Seemingly we ve got white Malema s lately,referring to people who are lazy to think or research before they engage,if one s is not an expert on a certain field must leave people who are trained on those fields,lets listen to them ,who s policing our country daily,who s foiling cash heists,boeremag and atm bombings

      raath - 2012-08-02 10:20

      On that token the government must hand over to experts, because clearly they have no clue.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-02 10:37

      \who s policing our country daily,who s foiling cash heists,boeremag and atm bombings\ Good question. Answer: less than 10% of the police does. The rest are all incompetent, corrupt, rapist, murderers, thugs... You want me to continue? Do you even know how many SAfricans are exposed to crime including murder and rape every single day? Do you know how many cases doesn't make it to court because of sloppy police work? Not to mention the missing files. People have lost faith in our police Phumlani. Why do you think communities are taking the law into their own hands by murdering suspected criminals Mr os Ms Expert?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-02 11:09

      Look who's talking. Let me assure you I am well qualified and experienced to comment on this and related security matters. The answer to your question - a small, very small percentage of policemen/women. The one's that aren't there just to get fat and occupy a post. Now why are you commenting on these issues, you're definitely NOT an expert in this field.

      dee.980 - 2012-08-02 18:49

      Phumlani - yes they should heed advice. There was an excellent Gang Unit of the W.Cape police that knew exactly what was landing at harbour - through to the drug cells. Guess what happened when ANC took over W.Cape? They disbanded it - and called in the army when gang wars broke out. Now - mampara Mtetwa plays political games - possibly as part of ANC's 'Project Reclaim' ....... to make W.Cape ungovernable in the lead up to elections. WHAT KIND OF LEADERS THINK OF GAINING VOTES THROUGH VIOLENCE????? It is probably a month since the COMMUNITIES ASKED for military help. So much for rapid response and deployment capability. Perhaps W.Cape should privatise security - as per all citizens having to do this for themselves.

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-08-02 10:17

    Why should they call in the army? There are elections coming up and they really want to make WP ungovernable. It's part of the bigger picture.

      dee.980 - 2012-08-02 18:50

      My thoughts entirely.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-02 10:36

    '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'. So, the military are ready and waiting I presume! WHat of all the hot air that the anc produced when Helen made the request? I don't know who to believe and trust any more, maybe my dog...I can be sure that he will behave like a dog every day!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-02 11:04

    So why didn't they come up with a 'plan' a long time ago already? Absolute incompetence and indifference.

      Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-02 13:05

      your answer big chief am not chancer i know what am talking abt practically and theoritrically ,that s all am prepared to say for now

      Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-02 13:08

      you must be able to differentiate between the duties of the judicial and that of police service

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-02 14:21

    National joint operational and intelligence structure, with various departments? Please help the poor sods! Is this suppose to form part of the R15bil that "were used" for "special operations" while SA is "not suppose to know about it" for the national joint operational and intelligence structure and "various departments" to come up with a "workable corruptable idea" so that even more money can be spent on international rubbish while "gangsters" and "poachers" are the "so-called" problems in society? Everyone knows that "gansters" and "poachers" are working for the anc government, because anc government could'nt make half the money without "smuggling" and that's why "land and banks" needs to be "nationalized". Right!

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