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‘It won’t work’: experts on making Cape a war zone


‘It won’t work’: experts on making Cape a war zone

Sending in soldiers was ‘the result of moral panic among politicians and the police’, while bodies are still piling up


The military is nothing more than “VIP protection” for the police who have become fearful of conducting patrols in certain areas of Cape Town.

This was the analysis of speakers at Tuesday’s Institute for Security Studies seminar which looked at three weeks of army deployment on the Cape Flats amid the worst year for gang violence in Cape Town’s history.

According to Andrew Faull, who led the seminar, Cape Town had twice the national murder rate and 10 times the global average. This weekend, 41 people were killed across the metro...

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