I do not know what pushed Colonel Christelle Stemmet over the edge, but wish she was treated better by the police service, writes Adriaan Basson.
Western Cape police have arrested 125 suspects for drug-related crimes on the Cape Flats.
Two people were arrested after they were shot when a fight broke out between alleged gangsters in Manenberg, Cape Town.
Any crime reduction effects from the current crackdown operation in Cape Town are likely to be short-lived unless a holistic and realistic plan to reduce crime and violence is devised, writes Guy Lamb.
Seven days after the announcement that the SA National Defence Force would be deployed to Cape Town's gang-ravaged areas, soldiers on Thursday received a hero's welcome when the army carriers slowly made its way through Manenberg and Hanover Park.
The national anti-gang strategy meant to address gangsterism at a street level and focused on "community development, conflict mediation and changing community norms in order to reduce violence and criminality" is not working – but they must keep on keeping on, writes Selene Brophy.
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has called the deployment of the South African National Defence Force into parts of the Cape Flats a ''success'', but cautioned that the ''temporary measure'' was a moot point if the underlying socioeconomic causes of gangsterism were not adequately addressed.
The army has been deployed and efforts by the anti-gang unit to tackle crime have been ramped up but it is not enough, say moms who marched against "living in a war zone" across the Western Cape.
"It's the guns. I don't like guns. They make me scared. When I see the gangsters run, holding it by their sides, I run the other way. I don't want to die. I want to play soccer, finish school and get a job."
The State Security Agency is involved in the current anti-gang operation in the Western Cape as part of an integrated approach to fighting the scourge, Deputy Minister Zizi Kodwa says.
Minister of Police Bheki Cele conducted a walkabout through the streets of Philippi East in Cape Town where he engaged with residents, telling them that the army would be deployed in the next coming days after troops have completed orientation.
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