Over 2,000 Murders in 6 Months - Who Will Head Police in Cape?

The Western Cape areas of Manenberg, Hanover Park, Lavender Hill, Bonteheuwel, Steenberg, Philippi,are but a few communities that are being impacted by gang violence, death, drugs and drive-by shootings on a daily basis over many decades. Innocent people in those communities have pleaded with the national government for action to curb the scourge but the attempts have largely been filled with empty promises from politicians during election time, while every day, people are dying. Children are being recruited on a regular basis by gangs to commit murder by shooting. Now the Western Cape waits to see whether Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula has really been given until July 15 to pack his bags and return to KwaZulu Natal. The former police anti-gang unit chief Major-General Andre Lincoln who was controversially dismissed from the police force 20 years ago, and who won his legal battle to return, is a name that is touted as successor but will his past be his stumbling block? Over and above this, is the corruption in the police service itself, nationally. Meanwhile, the death and destruction continues in the Western Cape, the country's murder capital, even as you read this.

About 100 residents of Hanover Park blocked streets protesting against gang violence in their community on July 3, 2019.

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