Is Bheki Cele doing enough to stamp out gangsterism in the Western Cape?

Much more is needed from Bheki Cele's police force to combat gangsterism in the Western Cape.

That's the opinion of policing expert Johan Burger.

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.

During a visit to the area on Wednesday afternoon, the police minister pledged to find those responsible for the shooting.

But 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.

Johan Burger, Senior researcher - Institute of Security Studies

On Thursday EWN reporter Jason Felix described the 'sea of blue' in Samora Machel as 200 officers from specialised units were bought in as part of 72-hour lockdown of the area ordered by police minister Bheki Cele.

It's a move Burger supports, for now.

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.

Johan Burger, Senior researcher - Institute of Security Studies

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 socioeconomic issues that underly the gang problem that's been prevalent in the Western Cape for many, many decades.

Johan Burger, Senior researcher - Institute of Security Studies

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