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Tensions are high in Woodlands following an increase in shootings. Extra police resources have also been made available to monitor the volatility in the area.

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Tensions are high in Woodlands following an increase in shootings. Extra police resources have also been made available to monitor the volatility in the area. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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It has been a bloody week in Woodlands.

In the past week four people have been killed or injured as sporadic shootings continue in the area.

Subforum chairperson Kaamillah Ismail says the forum is continuously monitoring the situation.

“At the moment we are not sure what the cause of the shootings are but we have ­noticed that the perpetrators are youngsters. We have also deployed a crime prevention unit made up of different people from different blocks,” she says.

Ismail says the community must get involved.

“We have been meaning to establish block committees because we want the community to be involved. We also need parents to ­acknowledge when their children are at fault. We really need the community,” Ismail says.

Ismail says they have noticed not all the perpetrators are from Woodlands.

“We see that there are some from Woodlands but in most cases they come here to hide out. They are then found and shot here,” she explains.

Mark Brookes, chairperson of the Lentegeur Community Police Forum, says the forum supports all the efforts of the subforums and safety structures.

“We want to commend the subforums for their initiatives in trying to neutralise the tensions in the area. We appreciate the leadership and the way they are handling the situation,” Brookes says.

In the most recent incident three people were injured last Thursday.

Another person was killed in a shooting on Sunday last week.

Brookes says the three injured men are still recovering in hospital. Two of them are in a critical condition.

No further details on the incidents were immediately available.

Lentegeur Police Station commander Colonel Elizabeth Hermanus confirms the volatility in the area is of concern: “Extra resources have been deployed to the area to prevent any further attacks or crimes.”

She also says that the cause for the ­increased tension is unknown at this stage.

Hermanus urges residents to report all suspicious activity to the Lentegeur Police Station on 021 377 5000.

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