The Trauma Advocacy Group of the University of Cape Town is distraught about violence plaguing the citizens in the Cape Town Metropolitan area and the acute exacerbation in the Cape Flats. There were 43 murders on the Cape Flats over the weekend of the 12th - 14th July 2019, being an intensification of an ongoing crisis.
Violence is preventable, not inevitable, and an immediate evidence-based approach to combat this violence is required. Urgent action is the solution and this should be seen in the light of 'quick wins'; to ensure traction, while longer-term, sustained interventions are delivered.
1. Adoption by the Minister of Safety and Security of the recommendations put forward by the Khayelitsha Commission of Enquiry into Policing and extended to all hotspot areas
2. Search-and-seizure of firearms and dangerous weapons with the confiscated weapons destroyed
3. Closure of 'drug houses' known to the community
4. Enforcement of laws for the distribution and sale of alcohol (particularly after hours)
5. Correct staffing numbers for police stations in hotspot areas with adequate staffing over weekends
6. Visible police patrols
7. A community policing commitment to the procedural justice model of policing
8. Monthly published crime statistics for all police stations that includes monitoring those murders related to gang conflict
9. Monitoring and oversight team including community leaders, NGOs and development workers, and academics to review the effects of the interventions at a community and metro level
10. Increased attention to the import and export of illicit goods, including Cape Town harbour
11. Improved support to statutory child protection and family support services
Longer term interventions