Gang task force a 'waste of resources'

A policing researcher is sceptical of the City of Cape Town’s plan.

FILE: A policing researcher is sceptical of the new task force which is aimed at combating gangs and drugs. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's plan to create a new task force to combat gangs and drugs will be a waste of resources, a policing researcher said on Monday.

But the municipality's JP Smith says the new force will ramp up the existing drug unit.

He adds the unit will be able to focus on the Cape's gang and drug problem in a more targeted way.

Researcher Eldred de Klerk is sceptical.

"If we have significant shortcomings in the South African Police Service, which is primarily tasked with fighting organised crime, then that requires all levels of government including local government to sit down with the province. All this political bickering that is happening also needs to come to an end."

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says he welcomes all efforts aimed at curbing gang violence.

At least eight people have been killed in gang violence in the past week.