South Africa: The Cape Flats Is in a State of Emergency and the SANDF Is Making It Worse

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We are in a state of emergency in Cape Town, but the emergency is that our government (local and national) is clueless about what is going on on the ground on the Cape Flats. We are also in an emergency because the government seems to think it's acceptable to let its people live in a war zone.

Since the announcement of the deployment of the SANDF to the Cape Flats, I've had this feeling of uneasiness. How can this seriously be an option? If decision-makers really knew anything about anything, this would be the last option possible. The deployment of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to the Cape Flats to "deal" with the issue of organised crime - or, specifically, gangs - could potentially trigger events which could worsen the situation.

The deployment of the SANDF will increase casualties of violence, specifically risking sexual assault for women and children, increase casualties of random shootings and contribute to further instability within an already turbulent environment.

Nee man, Premier Alan Winde and MEC Albert Fritz - shame on you.

Let's be clear: this article is not politically motivated. There are, however, issues which go hand-in-hand with governance and cannot be overlooked....

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