Reports suggest that 43 people were murdered over the weekend in Cape Town, South Africa. The tragedy was confirmed on Monday by Premier Alan Richard Winde, a South African politician and businessman and current Premier of the Western Cape and a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. In a statement, Winde said:
[The] SAPS started running a national joint operational and intelligence structure operation on Thursday night in the areas of Philippi, Steenberg and Delft.
We welcome the fact that 143 arrests were made, and guns and drugs confiscated, but despite this heavier police presence, and [Police] Minister Bheki Cele himself going out on patrol, 43 people were still murdered – some of them in the very areas where the operation was held.
Winde also argued that the weekend murder rate required that Bhekokwakhe Hamilton Cele, the South African Minister of the Police and president Cyril Ramaphosa swiftly process the paperwork so as to occasion the deployment of the army to assist the police.