The President took charge of the crisis, showed the authoritarians in Cabinet that he's still the boss, writes Adriaan Basson.
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Despite their limited mandate, the army has just too few soldiers to patrol the ten suburbs that are home to over 1 million people.
Gangs do not form by accident. In Cape Town, organised gangs have been a community force since the era of forced removals, write Mark Shaw and Simone Haysom.
The first wave of South African National Defence Force troops have finally landed in the Cape Flats - with soldiers receiving a hero's welcome by some people in Manenberg and Hanover Park.
Troops from around the country have arrived in Cape Town to support a planned police operation to rid crime-ridden suburbs of gangs and criminals.
It was meant to be a 2-minute walk to the corner shop for Ashtivon Gaffley. Instead, he became one of 12 people murdered in the gang-ridden neighbourhood last month.
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.
"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 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.
Police Minister Bheki Cele announced the army will be deployed to combat crime on the gang-ridden Cape Flats in Cape Town. Under what circumstances is it allowed and what are the risks? Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher in the Crime and Justice Programme at the Institute for Security Studies, explains.
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