As apartheid architects in the 1960s intensified the separation of people along racial lines and broke up settled and structured communities, they created fertile ground for unemployed and listless youth to become gangsters in the new localities on the outskirts of the city where policing was inadequate for the task at hand.
As gangs entrenched themselves, the drug connection became important in the criminal economy. Turf wars in the drug and taxi arena coupled with the abuse of narcotics and alcohol led to the murder rate in the city spiralling upward year on year.
Firstly, Parliament needs to relook at the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, 1998. In two decades Act 21 of 1998 has failed in achieving its objectives.
If this is done with all the knowledge acquired since the act was first promulgated, the police will have a better understanding of how to tackle the growing problem of organised crime.