27 January 2014
City of Cape
Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and
Security JP Smith said in the face of the on-going gang violence the city cannot
stand by and allow this to continue.
So the city has now set-up a task
force called Operation Punch to curb gang violence in the province.
Smith said over the last few years
we have been adding resources like the gang and drug unit and other elements to
our strategic to make our communities and our schools safer, and that is about
R28 million a year now.
JP Smith added that more effort will
be added in terms of focus operations to zoom in on the bust like we did last
week with the detective who was selling bags of drugs to gangs to make sure
that we are optimal effective with the disruptive policing efforts that we
Meanwhile JP Smith said the city is
bringing in more resources especially to the metro police to try and curb gang
violence. However Smith says the city
cannot do investigations because it’s not in its mandate.
Smith said the entire criminal
justice system sits in the hands of national government including the
investigative competency of SAPS as well as the NPA and the Department of
"So the city has no real powers in
the regards to deal with the aspect that needs to be dealt with and that is the
conviction rate of gang murders” Smith added.
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