01 April 2015
Western Cape MEC of Community
Safety Dan Plato has welcomed the reintroduction of the Specialised Gang Units
by Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko.
In a statement MEC Plato said
the lack of detectives, poor investigations on gang and drug related crimes,
insufficient witness protection for those willing to speak up, as well as the
lack of sustainable visible policing in areas have allowed violence,
gangsterism and the crippling drug trade to be left undiminished.
Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald
Botha said this major first step taken by the Minister is a victory for
everyone in the province who has suffered for too long under the scourge of
gangs and drugs.
Botha said MEC Plato has been
calling for the reintroduction of the Specialised Gang Units since 2011 as
there units have the necessary resource and expertise to investigate thoroughly
and make concrete arrests which will lead to convictions in court.
“Around the world specialised
units are used to tackle gang and drugs and the same was done in South Africa
until a few years ago when the former police minister disbanded them” Plato
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