Army on the streets should be a measure of absolute last resort.
“We are not there yet”.
CASAC is concerned by the recent statement by the Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula, proposing that the SANDF be deployed to combat crime in areas in Gauteng and the Western Cape.
Speaking from Cape Town, CASAC Executive Secretary Lawson Naidoo said:
“We believe that such a knee-jerk response to the scourge of crime, particularly violent and organised crime, is misplaced and probably misguided”.
South Africa requires a more thoughtful, holistic approach that acknowledges the failure of the SAPS to fight crime and to protect people. Such an approach must take into account the socio-economic challenges that we continue to confront.
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