It's not just gangs battling it out in the Western Cape. The SAPS in that province is consumed by a power struggle between the recently established Anti-Gang Unit and a rival unit, the Major Offences Reaction Team, accused of siphoning off vehicles and resources from other units, undermining crime-fighting capacity in the violence-torn region.
Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole, as well as Minister of Police Bheki Cele, have been made aware of the debilitating feud between the Major Offences Reaction Team (Mort), led by Brigadier Zingisa Manci, and the Anti-Gang Unit (AGU), headed by Major-General Andre Lincoln, but appear unable to resolve the urgent matter, which has been ongoing for more than seven months.
On 12 June 2019, six Anti-Gang Unit members were wounded in an early-morning shoot-out during a "botched raid" at the Samora Machel informal settlement in Cape Town.
In the aftermath, an angry Lincoln wrote to Provincial Commissioner Khombinkosi Jula, asking for the removal of two high-ranking members of the AGU whom he accused of initiating the raid without his knowledge and without an operational plan.
The raid had been carried out a day after Cele met with Samora Machel residents. Lincoln said it had been planned "by...