Cape Town - A public seminar to explore the deployment of soldiers to the streets of the city’s gang-ridden communities will be held on Tuesday by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).
The seminar will be chaired by Dr Andrew Faull, senior researcher: justice and violence prevention at ISS, at 6 Spin Street.
Faull said the seminar would bring community and youth voices into the conversation. “Speakers will talk about life in affected areas, and the ‘big picture’ problems that must be fixed for violence to stop and communities to thrive.”
He said soldier deployment was the result of calls from communities and the provincial government after years of unresolved violent crime, “much of it gang-related”.
“While some celebrate the arrival of soldiers on the streets, others warn that they distract from the holistic, structural interventions that are needed,” Faull said.