OPINION | Ian Cameron: Police devolution should be tested in Western Cape

Federal policing in South Africa is the answer to restoring accountability and improving service delivery at the broken law-enforcement body known as the South African Police Service. Let's start with the victim perspective to give context.


Tasneem, an eight-month-old baby, was allegedly strangled to death by her father, who killed her 20-year-old mother, Chantelle Ash, in Limpopo. Earlier this month, a three-year-old girl was shot and killed during gang crossfire, not far from Cape Town. Not long after the remains of Siphokazi Booi's body was found in a trolley bin in Mbekweni, Paarl, in the Western Cape. She had been beaten to death, dismembered, and set on fire.


Siphokazi Booi's alleged executioner was out on bail at the time of the murder; after having been charged with assault.


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A 12-year-old East Rand boy, who was raped and abused between 2013 and 2017, is one of the thousands neglected by the DNA board due to its non-performance.


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