South Africa: Little Clarity On Measuring SANDF Performance On Cape Flats

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With 47 murders recorded on the Cape Flats over the most recent weekend, the South African National Civic Organisation is calling for authorities to face the music over what they say is a clear indication that the deployment of the army is not working. But the question at the heart of this is complicated: how should the 'success' of such an operation be measured?

The Western Cape chapter of the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has called for the "immediate dismissal" of Police Minister Bheki Cele and Western Cape MEC for Community Safety Albert Fritz.

In a statement on Wednesday 14 August, Sanco called for the two politicians to be axed as a result of their "failure to implement working solutions" for ridding communities on the Cape Flats of gangs and crime.

"The bad advice to deploy the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as a quick-fix solution to the Western Cape province, has had no meaningful impact or improvement to safety and security of our communities," Sanco said.

As evidence, the organisation cited the most recent statistics supplied by Western Cape Premier Alan Winde's office based on forensic services reports, which recorded 47 murders in the Cape metro...

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