There is no clear plan to beef up detective services that were already overburdened before the deployment of the army.
The shortage of rape kits at police stations around the country shows that the police are ill-equipped to combat violence against women.
A report by the Community Safety department in the Western Cape finds that detectives are under-resourced, lack training and that their work is not guided by intelligence.
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.
The call by the Western Cape government for the deployment of the SANDF in crime ridden areas of the City has received mixed reactions from Community Police Forums.