LETTER: Send soldiers to the Cape
A quick deployment would avert a more complicated intervention if conditions worsen
Police minister Bheki Cele doesn’t want SA National Defence Force (SANDF) units deployed to the Cape Flats as this would be an admission that an undermanned and leaderless Western Cape SA Police Service (SAPS) has lost authority in this difficult area.
Conceding authority, while not easy to achieve, is extremely difficult to recover once lost. If the drift continues I expect to see “no-go” areas emerging with vigilante groups of various complexions introducing an alternative system of rough justice.