W Cape Premier welcomes army to Cape Flats but says economic plan is crucial

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde talks to Kieno Kammies about Thursday's announcement by Police Minister Bheki Cele that President Ramaphosa has given the green light for the army to be deployed to assist in crime-fighting efforts on the Cape Flats where gang violence has escalated.

There's a little bit of hope added there, to many people on the Cape Flats.

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape Government

The key point is to 'assist' the police...the army is there to stabilise while the police get in there to do their work.

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape Government

A three-month period for SANDF involvement has been passed, with an option to renew.

We also need to get police management right. We need to make sure there is a proper plan in place over time.

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape Government

He says it is a welcome move, but once peace has been restored he says then the province needs to be consulted and be part of the plan.

The gang problem is driven by an illicit economy.

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape Government

Underlying economic challenges need to be addressed or it will just flare up again, he reiterates.

The army is there as peacekeepers...they will not be here forever, so we need to use the opportunity now.

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape Government

Former Western Cape and Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros talks to Kieno Kammies about the move.

Western Cape has been down that road before...with the taxi wars in '97, '98 through to '99. It worked effectively but you need proper coordination on the ground.

Mzwandile Petros, Former Western Cape and Gauteng police commissioner

He says it requires all hands on deck, including community involvement.

Communities are on the receiving end of criminals.

Mzwandile Petros, Former Western Cape and Gauteng police commissioner

Listen to Alan Winde and Former Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros below:


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