The SANDF was deployed to the Cape Flats after a spike in violent crime forced them to intervene and since then, they have made a positive impact in the community.
Cape Town, South Africa – The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is making a positive impact on the Cape Flats after they were deployed to bring order to the community.
The Cape Flats is riddled by gang violence with continuous spats of gun violence which often lead to the deaths of innocent civilians. As stated in a report by Premier Alan Winde, the murder rate has dropped by 50% in the last two weeks. He went on to state that while this is good news, it is still shocking how high the murder rate is.
The government is working on furthering their efforts to ensure long-term peace can be reached within the community.
“From the Western Cape Government’s side, we will be working on a long-term plan to address the root causes of crime, to stimulate more economic opportunities, and to ramp up services to high crime communities.
We need all of our departments, including Social Development, Education, Health, Cultural Affairs and Sport, Transport and Public Works, and Human Settlements to be playing a role in ensuring that communities are supported and both the impact and the allure of crime are reduced.” – Premier Alan Winde
Residents of Hanover Park and Manenberg reported that the weekend had been mostly peaceful.
“We appeal to the police to continue to make maximum use of this period of relative stability to catch the culprits who are driving crime and disorder in our communities.”
“We have seen from this weekend the impact of having additional resources on the ground, and a tactical response to crime-fighting and crime prevention. By increasing our visible policing and intelligence-led investigations, we can start to root out criminals.” – Premier Alan Winde
There is still a lot of work to be done in the crime-riddled areas. A continued collaborative effort between the SANDF, the Police and government could make all the difference. The full report can be read here.
SANDF deployed on the Cape Flats. pic.twitter.com/JNsoZS1rw5
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