Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the deployment of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) officials could help deter crime in the province.
Zille says deploying the SANDF would provide short-term levels of stability in gang-ridden areas.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula have also endorsed the call.
Here are five ways she says the army could help in the Cape:
- accompanying emergency medical services (EMS) vehicles, especially in red-zones
- guarding schools in gang hotspots using mobile units
- accompanying scholars using the walking bus initiative
- accompanying service delivery crews who face crime
- gaurding and travelling on Metrorail trains
We want SANDF personnel brought in under clause 19 of the Defence Act.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
We need far more patrols and many more SANDF officials acting in support of the police. We have to create a new normal.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
She says Cape Town remains the murder capital due a combination of factors, including rampant substance abuse, gang culture, inadequate police resources and scrapped specialised units.
We don't have the number of police per population that the UN standard says we should have, in at least 29 of our weakest policing precinct.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
A critical problem is that policing is not a provincial mandate. We only have oversight. We have no Constitutional mandate for safety and security.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
Zille says she has been in conversation with Mbalula and Western Cape provincial police commissioner Khombinkosi Jula to find solutions.
Take a listen to her in discussion with CapeTalk's John Maytham: