18 August 2013
On Sunday, Premier Hellen Zille, Execitive Mayor of the City
of Cape Town Patricia De Lille met to discuss and
outline interventions that the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town have implemented to
address the gang violence crises in the Province.
Zille said they are committed to creating safe communities
and are intensifying their efforts within their limited powers to achieve this.
Furthermore Zille added that Western Cape Government’s role is confined to Police
oversight, we can monitor and assess the police and make recommendations to
police management on systematic and failings.
"We have repeatedly sought to work co-operatively with the
SAPS because this is what the constitution requires and offers the best chance
of curbing gang violence.” Zille added.
Premier Zille also said it is extremely unfortunate that
instead of working in a co-operative partnership, the National Minister seems
to intent on preventing them from playing the required oversight role.
Meanwhile Mayor Patricia De Lille
said that the City of Cape Town has
intensified its interventions in Manenberg in the Cape flats.
De Lille said Metro Police have the
power to conduct searches and make arrests, however they cannot investigate a
crime, this competency rests with the South African Police Service.
Mayor De Lille also said that since
the 1st of August, the City’s safety and security directorate has
done a lot to help curb the gang violence and will continue to do so.
“We have conducted 50 operations,
confiscated 5 firearms, made 19 drug related arrests, searched 80 premises, 33
vehicles, 613 people, made non drug related arrests and issued 621 traffic
fines." said De Lille.
“There are currently 43 Metro Police
and traffic officers deployed in Manenberg . These will be increased by 71 from
tomorrow for two weeks.” De Lille added
De Lille sais that these officers will be withdrawn
from service elsewhere to be deployed in Manenberg.
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