Policing in informal settlements in the spotlight again after attack on officers
Two hundred officers have been deployed to Philippi where six anti-gang unit members were shot and wounded on Wednesday morning.
CAPE TOWN - Amid a crackdown in Samora Machel, Philippi, the police service has again highlighted how conditions in informal settlements hamper policing.
One of the two suspects was arrested in Paarl on Wednesday afternoon.
Also on Wednesday, Police Minister Bheki Cele and senior police officers visited two critically wounded members in hospital.
Cele said that there were no proper streets and lighting, as well as the fact that shacks were erected close to each other in communities like the Sweet Home Farm informal settlement in Samora Machel, presented challenges for policing.
“I can assure you; it will be forever difficult for police under these conditions,” he said.
He said government departments should collaborate to overcome these obstacles.
“That kind of thing gives criminals who are adapted to those conditions a better advantage.”