[LISTEN] Is there room for special gangs courts in South Africa?

University of Cape Town's Centre of Criminology researcher Simon Howell says while having special courts for gangs will speed up the criminal justice system it may be a band aid in the interim.

The idea was shared with Police Minister Bheki Cele during the crime summit in Paarl last weekend.

The Western Cape community policing forum board wanted dedicated courts for gang-related crimes.

Howell says, however, if you want to deal with gangsterism as an organisation it will require far deeper levels of investigation.

Such special courts may play a role in dealing with minor crimes or misdemeanours and the likes but gangsterism as an organisational phenomenon is primarily that, it is an organised form of crime.

Simon Howell , Researcher - University of Cape Town's Centre of Criminology

I don't know if special courts will have the time and capacity to deal with that.

Simon Howell , Researcher - University of Cape Town's Centre of Criminology

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