'Army is deployed on one side of Delft, then shootings take place on the other'

After a Bloody long weekend that claimed more than 40 lives due to shootings and stabbings on the Cape Flats, many communities are questioning if the army's presence will help bring stability to their areas.

Earlier this week Police Minister Bheki Cele was at base camp in Tafelsig and despite the killings over the long weekend, he says that operations are yielding good results.

Kieno Kammies talks to the Delft CPF chair Pastor Charles George to find out more about what is happening on the ground.

He says while on patrol with the Saps, army and traffic police, he received many mixed reactions.

At the moment it is not working for us because if the army is deployed on the one side of Delft, on the other side of Delft the shootings take place.

Pastor Charles George, Chairperson - Delft CPF

He says it is not effective enough and the killings continue.

We need African solutions for African problems. There are a lot of good people in our community, people with bright ideas.

Pastor Charles George, Chairperson - Delft CPF

What is needed is for these people to put forward proposals and to have government listen to them, says George.

We desperately need policy changes.

Pastor Charles George, Chairperson - Delft CPF

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