On Thursday, Alan Winde, Western Cape Provincial Minister of Community Safety, has accused national Police Minister Bheki Cele of “politicising the recently launched anti-gang unit”.
Winde has stated this in a statement issued by his spokesperson Marcellino Martin.
He said: “Today, minister Cele briefed the media in Mitchells Plain on the recent developments and successes of the Anti-Gang Unit.
“It is incomprehensible that the national minister, who claims he wants to fight crime together, chooses to exclude the provincial government from this vital engagement.
“This clearly demonstrates that this event is being used for political gain and nothing else. I will engage minister Cele to enquire why we were not informed of- or invited to today’s media briefing, as we included the minister in our recently held #SaferWesternCape conference.
“The reintroduction and successes of this unit is a victory for us and all residents of this province, as we have been calling on its re-establishment for a number of years.
“I commend the unit for the continued successes they are achieving. It is for this reason that we cannot allow the national Minister to diminish its worth by using it as a political football, blatantly excluding the role of the provincial department, community safety structures and other stakeholders’, all of whom are in the fight against crime.
“These structures are all supported by the Western Cape Government.
“If we are to achieve a #SaferWesternCape it will require the three spheres of government, all community structures, the private sector and relevant stakeholders to work together. It is unacceptable that minister Cele has sought to bypass the provincial government in this manner.”