Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has sent a request to President Cyril Ramaphosa and Defence Minister Nosiviwe-Mapisa Nqakula to extend the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in gang-infested areas in Cape Town.
Alan Winde said the army deployment should be extended on the condition that certain shortcomings of the original deployment be urgently addressed to improve the results that have been recorded so far.
“The SANDF has played a key role in Operation Lockdown so far, particularly in providing support to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other law enforcement agencies, however, we have seen very little in the way of a decrease in violent crime,” said Winde.
Winde requested that the army continue its deployment in the Western Cape for a further period of at least six months to reach a point of stabilisation.
Some of the army’s extended deployment conditions detailed by Winde included:
- Clear indicators of success and measurement tools need to be put in place to track the impact the deployment was having.
- A blended strategy which allowed for a better combination of law enforcement, community mobilisation and social services interventions to targeted groups.
- A co-ordinated response from local, provincial and national government.
- A problem-oriented approach where specific crime types were analysed and law enforcement responses were customised to areas, based on needs and requirements.
- Criminal and/or violent groupings must be given clear messages that they are under scrutiny and that any violence, or acts triggering violence, would receive special attention and increased enforcement.
“We are still seeing unacceptably high levels of murder, attempted murder and other violent crime which needs to be urgently addressed,” Winde said.
Winde said the army deployment extension is to ensure that the scourge of crime in the communities came to an end.
“We need to make every effort and use every avenue at our disposal to root out criminals and make our communities safe,” Winde said.
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