There's been a drop in the reported incidence of violent crime on the Cape Flats since the deployment of the South African Defence Force (SANDF).
The army rolled out in ten precincts plagued by gang violence just over a week ago.
But communities are still being ravaged by gang-related shootings. On Saturday, three people, including a six-year-old boy, were shot and wounded in Mitchells Plain.
Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz says when stabilisation efforts by police and the army are successful in one area, crime will surface in another.
What we are asking also, is that the police and the army do proper lockdowns of the area! Wipe out every gun that you find. Find the guilty ones, because the community know exactly who the guilty ones are - arrest them and put them away in prison.— Albert Fritz, Community Safety MEC - Western Cape
But what happens when the army pulls out after its initial three-month deployment, or later if this is extended?
Fritz says 'every single department' has been activated to ensure a proper plan is in place to address crime, a process led by Premier Alan Winde himself.
This includes addressing the link between social development and safety
We are looking at creating huge youth opportunity... we need to structure that... so that young people after matric can do something constructive instead of moving to the gangs.— Albert Fritz, Community Safety MEC - Western Cape
He also gave the assurance that outgoing provincial police commissioner Khombinkosi Jula's duties will be performed by a selected candidate for three months, before a permanent appointment from 1 August.
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