Zille's call for SANDF to quell gang violence no solution - expert

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has called for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight gangsterism in the province.

This follows a recent spate of killings in the Cape flats where 11 people died in one weekend over ten days ago.

Independent Crime and Policing Consultant, Dr Johan Burger says deploying of military in the policing of towns and cities is never a good idea.

However, he says it could work in a short term just to restore calm in an area that is plagued with instability.

Visibility by the military could also contribute in reassuring the community that the state is not ignoring them and the problems they have.

Dr Johan Burger, Independent Crime and Policing Consultant

The point to emphasise is that this can never be a solution to a problem and it cannot be sustained over time. It's a short term stabilisation and in that period the police must do their work...

Dr Johan Burger, Independent Crime and Policing Consultant

Burger says when the situation is calm, government departments should also step in to deal with the root cause of the problem.

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:


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