National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says zones of special operations (ZOSOs) established in volatile and depressed communities should seek to eliminate the influence of “benevolent dons” and position the security forces and state agencies as the key influencers in the troubled areas.
“The policing operation is crucial, it must be conducted in a manner to win the trust of the community, but also separate the poor people in the community from dependency and generous gangs,” Chang declared during Thursday’s meeting of the parliamentary committee established to review the law governing the ZOSOs.
Chang chaired the meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Law Reform (ZOSO) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, 2017, in Gordon House. The committee, comprising 15 members, was meeting for the first time.
“There are a lot of what are called ‘benevolent dons’ in communities. They will be brutal in disciplinary matters, but they will ensure funds reach for lunch money and then abuse the girls at a later stage,” Chang told members of the committee.