In the last few weeks, Fikile Mbalula has been talking a tough game on crime-fighting. Now, it seems that he’s ready to let his actions speak louder than words, by drafting in the army (SANDF) to stop criminals.
The notion is dystopian. But the reality is grim. SAPS are struggling to contain the exploding levels of violence plaguing both the Western Cape and Gauteng, with criminal gang activity currently soaring. In fact, it’s not even the first time this week that CPT has considered using the army to ‘keep the peace’.
Mbalula wants to ‘liberate’ our citizens
South Africa has always struggled with its crime rates, and it seems like the current Police Chief has had enough. Launching an appeal through his official office, he vowed to ‘liberate South Africans from their prisons of fear’.
He asked the SANDF to support police in the war on criminal activity. Mbalula’s spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga backed The Chief’s militarian approach when addressing the media yesterday evening:
“Stabilisation and combating of the these criminal activities are within the mandate of the South African Police Service but due to the large groupings and military training of some of the perpetrators, the South African Defence Force (SANDF) is requested to assist, in the mentioned provinces.”
“The levels of violence in recent months involves the use of weapons of war in the commissions of serious crimes where even innocent by-standers and children have fallen victim of gang related violent crimes.”
Is army deployment the answer?
Mbalula means business. The foreboding nature of using a country’s army to fight its own criminals raises a few moral issues. However, Fikile has vowed to take a tougher stance on crime to fix a ‘broken system’.
He’s recently made comments where’s he promised to both make criminals ‘s*** themselves’ and ‘crush their balls’ if they are caught up in any illegal activity.
It’s a divisive one, so we’d like to hear from you. Is this the type of tough, no-nonsense police South Africa needs? Or is getting the army to monitor our citizens a step too far?