Policing expert, Johan Burger, has said much more is needed from Bheki Cele’s police force to combat gangsterism in the Western Cape.
He was speaking as two of the six members of the Western Cape anti-gang unit shot in Samora Machel in Cape Town on Wednesday morning remain in a critical condition.
However, Burger says policing is only one part of how to deal with the gangsterism and gang-related crime in an area such as Samora Machel.
To deal with armed gangsters you need to have police officers who are equally well equipped in terms of armament, protective clothing and, of course, training.
Burger said he supports the 72-hour lockdown in Samora Machel that was ordered by police minister Bheki Cele.
“I think we need that in terms of short term, visible attempts at dealing with this problem. You need to show the public that you have a presence,” he added.
“I think in the medium and longer-term we need a more integrated approach, where we look at all the other issues. That is to deal with the socio economic issues that underlie the gang problem that’s been prevalent in the Western Cape for many, many decades.”