'We need a peace keeping force'
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says while she welcomes a decision by the Police Minister Bheki Cele not to deploy the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to Western Cape communities, the police force in the province remains understaffed.
There have been renewed calls from the Democratic Alliance to have the army deal with gangsterism and violence in areas like the Cape Flats.
Speaking on violent protests in Zwelihle this week, Zille insists that Western Cape police are taking strain.
If he gets enough policemen and makes sure they properly armed with the right level of training then that is fine, we do not want to see the Defence Force having to come in here but he knows very well how understaffed the Western Cape is in terms of police personnel on the ground.Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
...the situation in Zwelihle for example, the police were totally outnumbered in the process of trying to bring it under control.Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
The SANDF sends peace keeping forces all round Africa so why not send one into Zwelihle so the small number of police can actually do the job they are supposed to do which is investigate crime and catch criminals. That is what we wanted to happen.Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
She has commended task force operations used to quell protests in the area on Thursday.
It was a great step forward but that is because the national intervention units had come from national level and other provinces to come and assist us. If we are going to have our numbers of police force up and training improved it will make an enormous difference and then we don't need the army at all.Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
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This article first appeared on 702 : 'We need a peace keeping force'
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