The police minister says that the killing of six men in Khayelitsha at the weekend is linked to extortion rackets.
There is no clear plan to beef up detective services that were already overburdened before the deployment of the army.
About 3,000 protestors gathered outside Parliament in Cape Town before going to the World Economic Forum meeting in the International Convention Centre, calling for action to combat men who rape and murder women.
With typical bluster, Bheki Cele refused to let the fact of a bloody weekend on the Cape Flats ruin his version of the army deployment.
The deployment of the army in Cape Flats townships invokes the states of emergency of the 1980s. It’s a different time, a different war.
Marikana residents will continue without streets lights that could curb crime in the area as the City of Cape Town awaits the outcome of its appeal against a court order that it acquire the land from the private owner.
The taxi industry by far transports the biggest number of passengers on any given day, compared to both rail and bus. However, with taxi owners and drivers fighting over routes, the industry is marred by violence that in the conflict between two rival taxi associations in Cape Town, 13 people have been killed.
The peace agreement intended to bring the turf war between rival taxi associations in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape appears to be holding. Police Minister Bheki Cele brokered the deal by closing taxi ranks and routes. A month after the signing of the deal, just two ranks have reopened.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday for police officers killed at the Engcobo Police Station in the Eastern Cape last week. Five officers and a retired soldier were killed when a gang attacked the station. Suspects linked to a cult in a nearby village were arrested in a raid on their church.