Trollip takes aim at lack of army in Northern Areas


Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader, and Nelson Mandela Bay Mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, has accused Police Minister Nathi Nhleko of back tracking on his promise made last month, that the army would be deployed to help crackdown on gangsterism in the city’s troubled Northern Areas.

His comments after Nhleko, who visited the area on Thursday, announced that the military would only play a supporting role to police as part of Operation Lockdown, which is aimed at cracking down on gang related violence in the Bethelsdorp and Galvandale areas.

“Violent crime and gangsterism will continue unabated in the Northern Areas because the ANC doesn't care enough to deliver on its promises,” Trollip said in a short statement.

He also added that it remains unlikely that the problem would be addressed by the ruling party, as “a political will” is needed to prevent the crisis from escalating any further.

“This desperate community has been begging for assistance in their fight against gangsterism and crime, which has fallen on deaf ears in the ANC government,” Trollip remarked.

“The ANC has now added the broken promise of army intervention to the broken promise of a functioning Metro Police, the broken promise of bolstered SAPS resources, broken promises of housing, refuse collection, water, electricity and jobs”.