Action Society wants to congratulate the South African Police in the Western Cape for its arrest and consequent court appearance of Yanga Endrey “Bara” Nyalara, one of the province’s most wanted criminals.
“We trust that the arrest of Bara will lead to many other arrests of criminals who are especially active in Khayelitsha,” said Ian Cameron, director of community safety at Action Society. “Bara is only the tip of the iceberg in an area of South Africa marred by serious and violent crime.”
Nyalara appeared in court today after an intelligence-driven operation on 1 July 2022. The police charged Nyalara with six counts of murder, the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, attempted murder, robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, and drug dealing.
“We also want to commend the community who come forward with valuable information in these arrests,” said Cameron. “We understand it takes great bravery to speak out against criminals in a setting where they run a reign of terror.”
Cameron suggested the following solutions to help the SAPS in getting a handle on crime:
- Do a skills audit in the SAPS to determine the merit of appointments and sack members not appointed on merit.
- Polygraph all members – starting with leadership – to determine whether they have been involved in any corrupt activities; if so, sack them.
- Restore crime intelligence capabilities.
- Reinstate specialised units that can effectively deal with serious violent crime without living in the community where they work.
- Crime kingpins, including those with state connections, must be targeted and taken out of operation.
- Restore reservist capabilities, specifically to support specialised units. It is of utmost importance that these reservists do not come from the said communities for intimidation to be limited.
- Pay police members properly.
- Implement police devolution in the Western Cape as a proof of concept.
Action Society will closely follow the case and any arrests sprouting from it.