Minister of Police Bheki Cele has deployed the Tactical Response Team known as Amaberete to Westbury to restore calm in the community.
They have been protesting since last week after a woman was murdered during a gang-related fight and her niece wounded.
Senior Researcher at Institute Of Security Studies Johan Burger says these units were never trained to deal with social upheavals.
I'm not against the deployment in a place like Westbury. My concern is that there is a huge expectation that a tactically trained unit would be able to deal with deeply rooted social problems in that community.— Johan Burger, Senior Researcher at Institute of Security Studies
There should a mindset change of what this unit should be doing there.— Johan Burger, Senior Researcher at Institute of Security Studies
Burger says such unit can provide calm and stability in the community but more needs to be done by the police.
He says that proper investigation needs to carried out on the drug lords so that the NPA can successfully prosecute.
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