DA outlines Gauteng crime combatting strategy

The DA says drug squads & domestic violence units will be reintroduced if it’s elected in Gauteng.

The DA’s Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane speaking at the party’s Gauteng manifesto launch at Ellis Park on 29 March. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The reintroduction of drug squads and gang and domestic violence units could be on the cards for Gauteng if the Democratic Alliance (DA) takes control of the province after this year's elections.

The DA's Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane yesterday announced the party's plans to combat crime in the province as well as a strategy to streamline free transport for the elderly.

Maimane said Gauteng needs a focused approach to drug-related crimes.

"We want a drug squad, a gang unit and a domestic violence division but more importantly democrats, what we will do is make sure the Community Safety Act is passed in Gauteng which will ensure you have the power to hold the police accountable."

Maimane also attacked the Gauteng provincial government, saying corruption has cost taxpayers even more than what was spent on Nkandla.

"It is an absolute disgrace that in the last year, the Gauteng government has wasted R6 billion due to corruption. That is 24 Nkandla homesteads."

The opposition party is also expected to use Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report as ammunition in its election campaign.

The report found that Zuma violated the Executive Ethics Code of South Africa and benefitted from the almost R250 million upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal home.

The party has already laid criminal charges against Zuma based on the findings in the controversial report.