The DA wants the military to help stop crime in the Western Cape, but some on Twitter trashed their attempts, and Cele thinks they're doing more harm than good.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane led thousands of Capetonians in a march from Manenberg police station to the Nyanga police station against crime today.
The party is calling on the government to deploy the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to support the police in crime-ridden communities in the province.
The DA posted a statement on its social platforms Wednesday morning: “The police are under-resourced, under-trained & unable to protect us. Nationally, the police to person ratio is one police officer to every 369 residents. In the Western Cape, it’s worse: one to 560. In Nyanga, it’s worse: one to 628. If the SAPS can’t protect us send the army now.
“In 2016/17, Nyanga police station logged the highest number of murders, sexual offences, assaults, car-jackings and attempted sexual offences in the entire country.”
Some on social media were critical of the march, accusing the DA of ‘renting a crowd’ of mainly black people.
The Citizen reported earlier today that at a media briefing in Cape Town today meant to detail the successes of Operation Thunder, an initiative launched in May to deal with crime in the Western Cape, Minister of Police Bheki Cele criticised the march.
Cele warned that crime should not be made a political issue, and that people should instead try and come up with solutions.
He added that with the DA’s repeated calls for army deployment to combat gangs in Cape Flats‚ the party is “stirring trouble.”